Black-bean Beef with Green Beans
This is still experimental. I know what I want, but I am still looking for the spicing scheme. Fermented black beans are small black soy beans preserved in salt. You get them in an Asian market.
1. Cut steak with the grain into 2" thick slices. Cut slices diagonally into thin strips. Combine steak and cornstarch with sake in a large bowl; stir to coat. Cover and marinate in refrigerator 20 minutes.
2. To prepare bean mixture, combine beans with red pepper in a bowl. Set aside.
3. To prepare sauce, combine soy sauce with cornstarch in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Set aside.
4. Place green beans in a large saucepan of boiling water; cook 4 minutes. Drain and plunge beans into ice water; drain.
5. To prepare stir-fry, heat 3 tablespoons vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Drain beef; discard marinade. Add beef to pan; stir-fry 2 minutes. Remove beef from pan. Wipe pan with paper towels. Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in pan. Stir-fry bean mixture and onion 1 minute. Add bell pepper; stir-fry 1 1/2 minutes. Add green beans and sauce mixture. Bring to a boil; cook 4 minutes or until thick. Stir in beef.
6. Serve immediately!