Beef and Vegetable Stir-Fry

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Beef and Vegetable Stir-Fry

8 oz rump (round) or sirloin steak
4 oz cellophane noodles, soaked for 20 minutes in hot water to cover
4 Chinese dried mushrooms, soaked for 30 minutes in warm water
1-1/2 tbsp sunflower oil
2 eggs, separated
1 carrot, cut into matchsticks
1 onion, sliced
2 zucchini, cut into sticks
½ red bell pepper, seeded and cut into strips
4 button (white) mushrooms, sliced
3 oz (1 cup) bean sprouts
1 tbsp light soy sauce
Salt
Ground pepper
Sliced green onions
Sesame seeds
1. Put the steak in the freezer until it is firm enough to cut into thin slices and then into 2 in strips
2. Mix the ingredients for the marinade in a shallow dish. Stir in the steak strips. Drain the noodles and cook them in boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain again, then snip into short lengths. Drain the soaked mushrooms, cut off and discard the stems; slice the caps.
3. Heat 2 tsp oil in a small frying pan. Beat the egg yolks and pour into the pan. When set, slide on to a plate. Cook the egg whites until set. Cut both yolks and whites into diamond shapes and set aside for the garnish.
4. Remove the beef strips from the marinade. Heat the remaining oil in a wok or large frying pan and stir-fry the beef until it changes color. Add the carrot matchsticks and the onion and stir-fry for 2 minutes, then add the other vegetables, tossing them over the heat until they are just cooked but still retaining their bite.
5. Add the noodles and season with soy sauce, salt and pepper. Cook for 1 minute. Serve, garnished with egg, green onions and sesame seeds.
Serves 2

TCM Analysis:
Steak- sweet, warm, SP/ST/KD, supplements SP/ST, nourishes qi and blood, strengthens tendons and bones
Cellophane Noodles (mung bean starch)- sweet, neutral, supplements SP
Mushroom- sweet, cool, SP/ST, rectifies qi, transforms phlegm, boosts wei qi
Egg- sweet, neutral, SP/ST/LU, nourishes yin and blood, calms shen
Carrot- sweet, neutral, strengthen SP/HT, nourish LV, ben. LU, anti-inflammatory
Onion- acrid, neutral, LU/ST, clears heat relieves toxicity, transform phlegm/damp
Zucchini- cool, clear summer heat, diuretic, drains edema
Red Bell Pepper- acrid, warm, SP/HT, warms MJ, expels cold, invigorates blood
Bean sprouts- cooling
Soy Sauce- salty, cold, SP/ST/KD, harmonizes MJ, clears heat
Pepper- acrid, warm, warms MJ
Salt- salty, cool, KD
Green Onions- acrid, warm, inv. blood
Sesame Seeds- sweet, neutral, nourish LV/KD, nourish jing/marrow
Overall Pattern: The animal products in this dish are very nourishing for the blood. The sweet ingredients help nourish the SP/ST and the acrid ingredients in this recipe move a little blood.