By Cindy Ruth
The ingredient this week is beef. I had trouble coming up with something that I thought was original. Then I remembered a recipe that a neighbor taught my mom years ago, when I was just a kid. An Asian lady moved into our neighborhood. I think she was Chinese. She taught some of the neighbor women to make wonderful fried eggrolls, and I think she also told us how to make this beef.
It's very simple and not really even a recipe. Place some type of thin-cut steak in a shallow pan. I threw away the wrapper without remembering which cut of beef I bought. You could use flank steak, or any cut that you can quickly cook on the grill. Mince 5 or 6 garlic cloves, a tablespoon or two of grated fresh ginger (I think we even used to use powdered ginger) and enough light soy sauce to come to about 1/4 or 1/2" up the sides of your pan., and place that all in the pan with the beef. Season with freshly ground black pepper. Turn the steaks to coat all sides in the soy sauce mixture. Cover the pan with plastic wrap, place in the refrigerator, and marinate from 1-3 hours.
When ready to cook, take out of the pan and grill until rare or medium-rare. That's all there is to it. Good served with steamed broccoli and maybe some rice. A simple, flavorful beef recipe.