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July 15, 2008

Haruki Murakami’s stir-fried beef

Filed under: Dinner, Quick cook — Tags: , , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 11:18 am

No photo, because I actually made this recipe about three months ago and only remembered it today. It’s delicious and has a wonderful provenance to boot. I was reading Haruki Murakami’s elegant ‘The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle’ and at one point the narrator makes a dish for his wife with onions, beef and green capsicum with some soy sauce and beer. It sounded simple and delicious, and, overcome with a strange craving for this very dish, I threw together something based on it (sans beer and using mixed capsicums, not just green). Served with rice, it’s not only lovely but literary.

Haruki Murakami’s stir-fried beef

500g beef, diced into chunks (or indeed cut into fine strips…those will cook faster, of course)
1 onion, sliced
Capsicums, sliced. I used about two and a half, I think: red, yellow and green. I think using multicoloured capsicums here is lovely for visual purposes, but if you prefer the taste of one or the other, please use that instead.
A dash of soy sauce, about a tablespoon or two, to taste
Spring onions, chopped into rounds, optional
Vegetable oil

In a frying pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat and add the beef. Brown on all sides and then cook for a few more minutes, then add the sliced onion. Stir occasionally. Cook until the onion is lightly browned, then add the capsicum, stirring. Cook until soft. Add the soy sauce and stir it through. Check the beef. You may need to add a little water or stock if it’s not yet cooked through. If you do, cook it until it bubbles away.

Serve scattered with spring onions and alongside some steamed rice. Some lightly blanched bok choi or kai lan would go nicely with this as well, I think!

Eat well…life is too short not to!

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