Mongolian Beef

August 13, 2009 · 70 comments

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One of my favorite things to order out when we get Chinese is Mongolian beef. I love ginger and garlic together (one of the world’s most perfect pairings in my opinion), and I love the slight heat from the red pepper mixed with the sweetness from the sugar.  I do enjoy making Asian cuisines at home (especially because it ends up being so much healthier), but my repertoire is still a little thin.   I’ve never tried Mongolian beef at home, so when I saw this post at Confections of a Foodie Bride a few months back, I bookmarked it immediately.

I reduced the amount of sauce (but not the amount of ginger and garlic) since I used less steak, but next time I might keep the sauce the same.  Also, looking at the recipe now, I’m trying to remember if I actually added the water.  Hmm. I think I did? But, I’m not so sure.  I made this a couple weeks ago so I don’t remember it very clearly. I should probably start posting things as I make them, or at least drafts of them since I tend to be forgetful…

I also had, umm, a slight incident with some sticking to the wok (the leftover sugar burning as I was cooking the meat). Hot wok + sugar = not the best situation for me.

But anyway, this was a great recipe. All the flavors worked so well together, and it was just like delivery. The bonus is it takes no time to make and uses ingredients I almost always have handy. I’ll definitely be making this again (and trying not to burn some of the excess sauce).

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Peter G August 13, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Nice, simple and robust flavours Elly…I too agree about the perfect marriage of garlic and ginger!

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Kelly Bee August 13, 2009 at 3:25 pm

I’ll be making this tonight, Elly!! (I did that thing that I do… invited a friend over for dinner with absolutely no idea what I would make!)

I’ll let you know how it goes. Sounds delicious, though. Pretty much anything containing ginger and garlic is good in my book!

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Erin August 13, 2009 at 3:32 pm

That is one of our favorites! I’ve made a similar version a few times before but just haven’t gotten around to taking a picture because we’re in too much of a hurry to eat it! :)

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Joan Nova August 13, 2009 at 5:13 pm

Looks delicious! When I did the Culinary Tour Around the World earlier this year, I did this recipe for our stop in Mongolia. I haven’t had it since. Your presentation is very appealing. If I didn’t have dinner on the stove already (and if I had all the ingredients)… :)

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giz August 13, 2009 at 9:53 pm

I’m loving this recipe – alot!!! I’ve never had a large repetoire of what to do with flank steak and I’m going to do exactly what you did – bookmark!!!

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Cate August 13, 2009 at 10:47 pm

I cook a ton of Asian food but for some reason have never made this! I haven’t been eating much beef lately…would it be totally lame to make it with chicken instead?

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elly August 14, 2009 at 6:57 am

Cate, I’ve never had it with chicken but I’m sure it would be great. I know our local places definitely offer the chicken option!

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nina August 14, 2009 at 1:40 am

I love Mongolian Beef, but as you know we are not keen on eating out. This will become a favorite in my house, I have no doubt!!

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mrsukyankee August 14, 2009 at 2:22 am

Yum! Will definitely make this. I agree with you about garlic and ginger…though garlic and onions may be even better a combo (when frying in a pan…ummmm).

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Colleen August 14, 2009 at 9:50 am

Fresh ginger is one of my new favorite flavors – I will have to try this!

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Katie August 14, 2009 at 10:07 am

This is one of my husband’s favorites and I’ve never made it at home! Starring now! It looks just wonderful!!

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Bob Macdonald August 14, 2009 at 1:33 pm

I hope you realise this is a CHINESE dish, not Mongolian. I lived in Mongolia for many years and never had such a dish except at a Chinese restaurant. Mongolians do not eat this dish, nor do they eat 99 percent of the dishes found at so-called Mongolian restaurants in suburban strip malls.

I dare you to try real Mongolian food and present those recipes here. Go on, have a nibble of rancid sheep fat washed down with mare’s milk (horse milk)!

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elly August 14, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Bob M – like I said in my post, this is a dish I order at Chinese restaurants. I don’t claim it’s Mongolian. I didn’t name it, I just eat it!

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Kellene August 14, 2009 at 2:42 pm

This looks divine! Ginger and garlic are like peas and carrots, guaranteed. I’ve been exploring using “wheat meat” in my cooking as a substitute for beef and chicken and I’ll bet it would be delicious with your Mongolian Beef recipe, too. Mmm! http://bit.ly/gq02h

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jimandrachel August 14, 2009 at 3:14 pm

This. Looks. Fantastic. But unfortunately, we don’t have a wok. Or room in the kitchen to acquire one (boo apartment kitchens). D’you think it would work with a large, deep-sided, non-stick saucepan?

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elly August 14, 2009 at 9:49 pm

jimandrachel – yes, definitely. I don’t think a wok is really necessary. I actually just started using mine this year and was fine before. :) A skillet would be fine, too.

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bobbygee August 14, 2009 at 3:15 pm

This looks great. My wife like the Monolian beef. me too.
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apocalypsecakes August 14, 2009 at 3:41 pm

WANT.

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busyman1918 August 14, 2009 at 3:59 pm

this looks really good. and I like garlic and onions especially sauteed with crab mmmm

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gabriellemarielopez August 14, 2009 at 4:42 pm

Next time we splurge and buy beef this is what I’ll make!

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Brianna & Dustin August 14, 2009 at 4:56 pm

We are making this soon!! I also cannot get enough of garlic & ginger!!

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thedullest August 14, 2009 at 4:56 pm

I love the dish too! Very filling and tastes awesome when spicy.

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Jenn August 14, 2009 at 5:19 pm

I made this recipe not too long ago, I loved it! Great photo!

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Mark August 14, 2009 at 5:39 pm

Wow, that looks fantastic.

I know what I’m going to be doing this weekend :-)

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mousesurfer August 14, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Wow, that looks really good. Great photo, too.

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jdzphotoblog August 14, 2009 at 6:05 pm

I may have to try this! :)

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simplehungrybroke August 14, 2009 at 7:12 pm

this looks like a great recipe, thanks for sharing!

and nice photo work!

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supperclubstories August 14, 2009 at 7:26 pm

I’ve been looking for a meaty excuse to whip out the wok, and this looks like it. I’ll test it out on my cat before the neighbors–for some reason that I haven’t yet grasped, she is an unrivalled judge of Asian food.

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Molly Jean August 14, 2009 at 7:47 pm

I’ve only tried to make Mongolian Beef once… it was delicious, but this recipe looks INCREDIBLE!!!

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Irene Suwarno August 14, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Hm..it looks soo delicious!

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CheapAppetite August 14, 2009 at 10:36 pm

Wow, this looks so awesome. You did such a great job. I prefer mongolian beef with less sauce. So, I think you did the right thing to reduce the amount of sauce.

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gcdaz August 15, 2009 at 12:49 am

Good post. I love Mongolian Beef. Thanks for the link.

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gazetna August 15, 2009 at 3:06 am

thaaaaaaanx

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Jaky Astik August 15, 2009 at 6:55 am

The taste would be incredible. I know that!

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Jaky Astik August 15, 2009 at 6:56 am

It’s amazing. Cool!

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delightfullysweet August 15, 2009 at 7:08 am

This looks delicious!

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ramblinamblins August 15, 2009 at 7:39 am

Looks great! I may have to try this tonight!

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Sanjiv Khamgaonkar August 15, 2009 at 8:11 am

looks yummm…

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liliancmoreira August 15, 2009 at 8:37 am

Hi Elly, great blog! keep it up!

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ingenuix August 15, 2009 at 9:02 am

Tried It… Absolutely Amazing! Thanks!

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atinymorsel August 15, 2009 at 9:07 am

I can’t wait to try this. It looks fantastic!

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trcjr1975 August 15, 2009 at 4:27 pm

This is a great Blog!!
I can’t wait to try some of the recipes. Everything looks so delicious. I do not know which one to do first..

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Kerstin August 15, 2009 at 9:13 pm

What an incredible picture, it looks better than take out! I’m trying to cook more Asian inspired dishes too!

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agent58 August 15, 2009 at 9:35 pm

YES! That is such a wonderful dish, if prepared correctly.
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smugandsmarmy August 15, 2009 at 11:16 pm

This sounds so good, I am putting these ingredients on my shopping list for this week!

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knickznakz August 16, 2009 at 4:22 am

thanks for the recipe. i’ll try it at home…

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haberler August 16, 2009 at 4:31 am

its looking very delicious. thank you elly.

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Cynthia Nelson August 16, 2009 at 10:40 am

I want to lick my screen!

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vic5150 August 16, 2009 at 5:31 pm

Awesome. Enough said. Thanks

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JenniferP August 16, 2009 at 8:02 pm

Looks great! That’s one of my favorite things to order when I get carryout. I’ll bookmark this for later.

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Insurance Appointment Setting August 16, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Wow! This looks delicious. I absolutely love garlic and ginger with beef. I am drooling like Homer Simpson into my keyboard

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Psychgrad August 17, 2009 at 6:45 am

I always forget what I did with a recipe by the time I post it!

This look delicious. Definitely want to try it.

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Merly Stonier August 17, 2009 at 8:21 am

that looks amazing!

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Jessica August 17, 2009 at 7:30 pm

We just finished eating this. After seeing the pic (which was amazing), I just had to try it. It was easy to make and very tasty. definitely better than some mongolian beef dishes I’ve tried at chinese restaurants.

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ramblinamblins August 25, 2009 at 6:17 am

We just finished eating this for the 2nd time last night! I’ve made it twice in 10 days. That’s how much we are loving it! Very very yummy! Thanks!

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Kathy August 25, 2009 at 10:22 am

Made this over the weekend…thought it was VERY good. I added some broccoli as well. Next time I am going to add a bag of the asian stir-fry veggies to it too, just to get more servings out of it.
As far as the wok versus the skillet, I used my wok this time, but it’s hard to heat it all the way around, easier next time in a flat bottomed skillet.

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efi raptaki October 21, 2009 at 2:12 am

hi elly, you have a lovely blog, congrats
i live in greece and some ingredients are different. pray tell” is cornstarch the cornflour? and what are scallions? onions perhaps? i want to try to make your mongolian beef, it looks amazing. i suppose that you have to cook it in a non stick pan or wok as these ingredients tend to catch in the pan. do you cover while cooking?

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herpaintedbunting January 5, 2010 at 9:43 am

Elly! I love your blog! It’s the best thing to look at in the morning when I’m supposed to be working!

I was looking at your Mongolian Beef recipe. Here’s a variation that I’ve found is yummy. Rather than using straight brown sugar I use molasses and some white sugar. The reason? I can reduce the amount of sugar that I’m putting in but still get that zappy taste of the molasses that comes from the brown sugar.

Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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sandy November 2, 2010 at 6:33 pm

This is a DELICIOUS recipe! Mongolian beef is my favorite dish to order at Chinese restaurants. It was pretty easy and VERY tasty…my husband loved it! We will be making this regularly from now on. Thanks so much for the GREAT recipe!

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Lola January 8, 2012 at 9:16 pm

I’m going to cook this for my boyfriend tonight; it looked the tastiest out of all the “Mongolian Beef” recipes on foodgawker. Yummo!

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Pat Testing April 13, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Tried this tonight and it was delicious! Thanks

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elly April 13, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Glad you liked it!

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Mama B @ My Edible Journey May 9, 2013 at 11:25 am

Found you via StumbleUpon and I’m pinning this recipe to my “foods I want to try” board for sure. Thanks for sharing!

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