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The Time I Cooked Roast Chinjao

More Nintendo cooking, and once again we have a rather Chinese dish, but it’s very well-known in Japan. We’ve gotten through a lot of cooking words with the past few recipes, so if you see words here you don’t recognize, check back in my past Japanese cooking posts. With that said, let’s get cooking!

Chinjao

チンジャオロース – Roast Chinjao

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

English Japanese
200 g thinly sliced beef 牛肉(網焼き用) 200g
2 tsp + 1 Tbsp soy sauce しょうゆ 小さじ2+大さじ1
1 tsp + 1 Tbsp sake 酒 小さじ1+大さじ1
2 tsp potato starch (corn starch is fine) 片栗粉 小さじ2
1 tsp + 1/2 tsp sesame oil ゴマ油 小さじ1+小さじ1/2
4 green bell peppers ピーマン 4個
4 cm green onion 白ねぎ 4cm長さ
1 1/3 cm fresh ginger しょうが 2/3片
2 cloves garlic にんにく 2片
1 Tbsp oyster sauce オイスターソース 大さじ1/4
1/2 Tbsp sugar 砂糖 大さじ1/2
Dash of pepper こしょう 少々
1 Tbsp water 水 大さじ1
4 tsp salad oil サラダ油 小さじ4

 

Preparation:

De-seed and core the bell pepper, then slice lengthwise into thin strips. Mince the 4 cm green onion finely. Peel the 1 1/3 cm fresh ginger, then mince finely. Peel the 2 cloves of garlic, then mince finely. Set aside.

Cut the 200 g thinly sliced beef into narrow strips. Place the beef in a bowl, then cover with 2 tsp soy sauce, 1 tsp sake, and 2 tsp potato starch. Mix well. Pour 1 tsp sesame oil into the center of the meat, then set aside.

In a small bowl, mix together 1 Tbsp sake, 1 Tbsp oyster sauce, 1 Tbsp soy sauce, 1/2 Tbsp sugar, dash of pepper, 1/2 tsp sesame oil, and 1 Tbsp water. Set aside.

Add 2 tsp salad oil to a frying pan and set on high heat. Add the beef and stir until it’s color changes to brown. Place on a plate and set aside.

Add 2 tsp salad oil to a frying pan and set on medium heat. Add the green onion, ginger, and garlic, then cook until they begin to smell strongly. Add the bell pepper and stir, then add the beef again. Add the soy sauce mixture from before, then turn the heat to high. Stir until most of the sauce is gone, then transfer to a plate and enjoy.

Vocabulary:

Japanese Romaji Meaning
牛肉 gyūniku Beef
片栗粉 katakuriko Potato starch (very much like corn starch)
ゴマ goma Sesame seeds
abura Oil
白ねぎ shironegi Green onion (though literally “white onion” in Japanese)
にんにく nin-niku Garlic
こしょう koshō Pepper (can refer to black or white, but is usually black)
tane Seeds; kernels
みじん切りにする mijin kiri ni suru To cut finely; mince
sara Plate; dish
さいばし saibashi Long chopsticks for cooking and serving food
手早くほぐす tebayaku hogusu To quickly loosen or separate (here, used to decribe quickly stirring the meat in the pan)
香り kaori Smell; scent; aroma; fragrance
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