This is a dish from northern and western China. The Chinese always use dried peel – the older the skin, the more prized the flavour. It’s easy to make your own dried peel (see below), but I have often made this dish with fresh orange peel and find that the tartness works just as well with the robust flavour of the beef. This is an easy dish to make and is a pleasant change of flavour from the usual stir-fried beef recipes.


resized Ken Hom-BEEF WITH ORANGE - 100 easy Chinese Suppers


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Ingredients: (Serves 4)

  • 450g (1lb) lean beef steak

  • 65ml (2½fl oz) groundnut oil

  • 2 dried red chilli peppers, cut in half lengthways

  • 1 tbsp dried orange peel, soaked and coarsely chopped*

  • 2 tsps whole Sichuan peppercorns, roasted and finely ground (optional)

  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce

  • ½ tsp salt

  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper



  • 1½ tsps sugar

  • 2 tsps sesame oil


For the marinade:

  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce

  • 1 tbsp Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry

  • 1½ tbsps finely chopped fresh root ginger

  • 2 tsps cornflour

  • 2 tsps sesame oil




  • Cut the beef into thin slices 5cm (2in) long, cutting against the grain. Put the beef into a bowl, add all the marinade ingredients and mix well. Leave to marinate for about 20 minutes.

  • Heat a wok or large frying pan over a high heat. Add the groundnut oil and, when it is very hot and slightly smoking, remove the beef from the marinade with a slotted spoon. Add the beef to the pan and stir-fry for 3–5 minutes or until browned. Remove and leave to drain in a colander set inside a bowl.

  • Pour off most of the oil from the wok or pan, leaving about 2 teaspoons. Reheat over a high heat, add the dried chilli peppers and stir-fry for 10 seconds.

  • Return the beef to the pan, add the rest of the ingredients and stir-fry for 4 minutes, mixing well. Serve at once.


* Special Touches:

To make dried orange peel, peel the skin off an orange, scraping away as much of the white pith as possible or coarsely grate the peel. Lay on kitchen paper and dry in the sun, an airing cupboard or in a warm but turned off oven, until dry and very hard. Store in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dry place. To use, soak the required amount in warm water until it softens, then chop or slice according to the recipe. Add grated peel to dishes without soaking first. 



Ken Hom, 2012.  100 Easy Chinese Suppers.  Ebury Publishing, £7.99.






resized Ken Hom-BEEF WITH ORANGE - 100 easy Chinese Suppers



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      • 精牛肉 450 克 / 1 磅

      • 花生油 65 毫升 / 2½ 液量盎司

      • 紅辣椒幹 2 隻,縱向切成兩半

      • 陳皮 1 湯匙,泡發後粗粗切碎*

      • 原粒花椒 2 湯匙,炒香後磨成粉末(可選)

      • 老抽 1 湯匙

      • 鹽 ½ 茶匙

      • 現磨黑胡椒粒 ½ 茶匙



  • 糖 1½ 茶匙

  • 麻油 2 茶匙



  • 老抽 1 湯匙

  • 紹興酒或幹雪利酒 1 湯匙

  • 細細切碎的新鮮薑粒 1½ 湯匙

  • 生粉 2 茶匙

  • 麻油 2 茶匙





      • 將牛肉按橫紋切成 5 釐米(2 英寸)長的肉片,放進碗裏,與所有醃料拌勻後醃漬約 20 分鐘。

      • 用猛火加熱炒鑊或大的平底鍋。倒入花生油,當油加熱至微微冒煙時,用漏勺把牛肉從醃料中取出,炒 3-5 分鐘或直至變成褐色。把炒好的牛肉倒入用碗盛著的濾篩中瀝油。

      • 鑊裏留下大約 2 茶匙的油,再次猛火加熱後,放辣椒幹炒 10 秒鐘。

      • 把牛肉倒回鑊中,加入其他配料拌勻,炒 4 分鐘。馬上上桌。


* 製作陳皮:




譚榮輝《100 款簡單中式晚餐》(Ken Hom, 100 Easy Chinese Suppers), Ebury Publishing 2012 年1 月出版,£7.99。