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    Ching He Huang's wok-hot beef & cucumber salad

    Born in Taiwan, Ching is a TV chef and cookery author who specialises in Chinese cooking
     

    • Preparation time: 20 minutes + marinating
    • Cooking time: 2 minutes
    • Total time: 22 minutes + marinating

    Serves: 2

    Ingredients

    FOR THE CUCUMBER PICKLE
    ½ tbsp fish sauce
    Juice of 1 lime
    ½ tsp dark brown soft sugar
    ½ tbsp mirin
    1 tsp toasted sesame oil
    Pinch organic ground black peppercorns
    ½ small Waitrose Duchy Organic Red Onion, halved and sliced
    1 Waitrose Duchy Organic Cucumber, finely sliced
    1 small red Thai chilli, finely sliced (deseeded for a milder taste)
    ½ x 28g pack coriander, cut into 3-4cm pieces
    1 Waitrose Duchy Organic Salad Onion, julienne into 3-4cm strips

    FOR THE WOK-HOT BEEF
    200g Waitrose Duchy Organic British Beef Fillet Steak
    2 cloves Waitrose Duchy Organic Garlic, finely grated
    ½ tsp Chinese five spice
    2 tbsp organic tamari soya sauce
    ½ tsp organic chilli flakes
    1 tbsp organic sunflower oil
    1 tbsp Shaoxing rice wine or mirin
    1 Waitrose Duchy Organic Little Gem Lettuce, torn into bitesize pieces
    25g Waitrose Duchy Organic Spinach
    1 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
     

    Method

    1. First make the cucumber pickle. In a large bowl, whisk together the fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, mirin, toasted sesame oil and black pepper. Add the red onion, cucumber and chilli, and toss to coat well. Leave to chill in the fridge for 10 minutes.

    2. Meanwhile, cut the beef into 2.5 x 1cm strips. Mix in a bowl with the garlic, five spice, 1 tbsp tamari and the chilli flakes.

    3. Heat a wok or frying pan over a high heat, then add the sunflower oil. Add the beef, searing for 1 minute, then flip over and cook for another minute. Add the rice wine or mirin and the remaining tamari, then remove from the heat.

    4. Arrange the gem lettuce and spinach on 2 plates. Spoon over the beef. Toss the coriander and salad onions into the pickled cucumber, then spoon over the salad. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and serve. 

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