Beijing Beef, Panda Express Style
Beijing beef is one of the most popular beef recipes at Panda Express and many readers had emailed and asked me about Panda Express Beijing beef recipe.
To develop this recipe, I specifically went to Panda Express and tried out the dish. After careful examination of the ingredients used, and tasting the sauce carefully, I think I have gotten down the copycat recipe of Beijing Beef.
So here is the yummy copycat Panda Express Beijing beef recipe. This recipe tastes better and fresher than the ones at Panda Express!
How to Make Beijing Beef
As with most recipes served at Panda Express, the protein is coated in batter and deep-fried. To create a truly amazing Beijing sauce, I adjusted the recipe and ingredients a few times to get to the right balance of flavors.
Beijing Beef Sauce
The list of ingredients in the Beijing sauce is long, but be rest assured, after you taste it, you would want to make it again and again. It’s actually quite addictive and good.
The good news is that you can make the sauce in a big batch and keep in the fridge and whenever you are craving it, you can make this Beijing Beef, or Beijing Chicken. It’s totally up to you!
What is Beijing Style Sauce?
Beijing sauce contains fermented products in order to create a delightful blend of sour, sweet, and savory taste. The flavor is super versatile and can be used even as a dipping sauce.
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Beijing Beef Recipe
Panda Express Beijing Beef Copycat – the most delicious Beijing Beef that tastes exactly like Panda Express, but healthier and much better than takeout.
- 8 oz flank steak, sirloin or beef flap, cut against the grain into 1/4 inch slices
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 medium-sized yellow onion, sliced
- 1/2 medium-sized red bell pepper, cut into pieces
- cornstarch, to dust beef for deep-frying
- salt and sugar to taste
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 dash ground white pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Prepare the Marinade in a bowl and mix well. Marinate the beef for 15 minutes.
In a seperate bowl, mix all the Beijing Sauce ingredients. Set aside.
Place cornstarch in a bag/bowl. Toss marinated beef in cornstarch, coat well and set aside in the refrigerator.
Heat up enough oil over high heat. Coat beef slices with cornstarch again, making sure the beef slices are well coated. Shake off the excess cornstarch from beef slices. Prepare to deep-fry beef (in small batches). Drop in the beef slices and deep-fry for 1-2 minutes or until light golden brown. Dish out, drained on paper towel and set aside.
In a wok, heat up the oil over high heat. Stir-fry the onion and bell pepper until fragrant and slightly charred, add in the garlic and continue to stir-fry for 10 seconds. Remove from wok.
Heat up wok over medium-high heat, pour in the Beijing Sauce seasoning. Bring it to a simmer or until it thickens. You may adjust salt, soy sauce, water, etc., to taste.
Toss in the deep-fried beef and stir-fried onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Stir well for 1 minute or until the beef is completely cooked and absorbed the sauce. Dish out and serve with hot steamed rice.
You can use chicken instead of beef.