Chinese Comfort Food and Jen&Wilson’s New Home

Hi. Its been a while since I’ve posted. Apologies.  I’m visiting my good friends Jen and Wilson in their new home.  They moved in only 14 days ago and tonight was the first night they prepared chinese food for dinner.

The classic tomato, beef and egg dish is made by Chinese mamas all over. Every mom has her own recipe and its almost impossible to learn from a mom because they usually just throw in and estimate seasonings based on taste and experience.  The dish consists of chunks of tomato and beef and a sweet/savoury sauce produced by cooking down the juices of the tomato.  It’s super easy to prepare and perfect with a warm bowl of rice. And, tonight, Wilson made some classic tomato and beef, sans egg, but still quite delish!

Tomato and Beef Recipe (serves 6-7)

3 beef steak tomatoes

clove of small garlic, minced

5 slices of fresh ginger

yellow onion

1-lb flank steak

Marinade for Beef (20 mins, longer the better)

teaspoon sugar

1 tablespoon white pepper

5 tablespoons soy sauce

3 tablespoons oyster sauce

corn starch teaspoon

healthy splash of hennessey

splash of pure sesame oil

1.  Wilson marinated the beef for 20 minutes today. But, the longer the better.

2. Blanche tomatoes. When you cut up the tomatoes, its important to use a good, sharp knife. You don’t want to lose the juice of the tomato because its essential to the sauce creation. Put aside.

2.  Heat the pan on medium heat, oil and throw in onions, cook down until transparent.  Throw in the garlic and ginger.  When the garlic and ginger are cooked, throw in the meat. But, turn the heat up to high and sear the meat on the sides. Then, throw in the tomatoes and let sit until it becomes tender.   Stir in some more soy sauce, oyster sauce and a teaspoon of sugar. Careful don’t break the tomatoes.   Plate and serve over a bed of rice.

Alternately, you can add some scrambled eggs into the sauce. SOOO GOOD.

What’s your favorite comfort food?

Sorry, some of my photos aren’t so sharp due to lack of light. I normally prefer to shoot during the morning, when the light is the softest.


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