Stir-fry Beef With Bamboo Shoots

Stir-Fry Beef and Bamboo Shoots With Oyster Sauce

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 3 to 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
330 Calories
12g Fat
19g Carbs
36g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 330
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 730mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Protein 36g
Calcium 104mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is one of my favorite stir-fry recipes to make during the week. It calls for a higher ratio of meat than is frequently found in Chinese recipes.


  • 1 pound flank steak
  • 1 (8-ounce) can bamboo shoots
  • 1 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 2 green onions (spring onions, cut into 1-inch pieces)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons oil for stir-frying (or as needed)
  • For the Marinade:
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry)
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • Black Pepper (to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • For the Sauce:
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce (available at Asian markets)
  • 2 tablespoons water (or as needed)

Steps to Make It

  1. Cut the beef across the grain into thin slices about 2 inches long.

  2. Place the beef in a bowl and add the marinade ingredients one at time, mixing in well and adding the cornstarch last.

  3. Marinate the beef for 25 minutes.

While the beef is marinating, prepare the other ingredients:

  1. Combine the oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, and water in a small bowl.

  2. Rinse the bamboo shoots in warm water to remove any tinny taste and drain.

  3. Finely chop the garlic. Cut the bell pepper in half and remove the seeds. Cut into thin strips. Clean the green onions and slice on the diagonal into thirds.

  4. Heat the wok over medium-high to high heat.

  5. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons oil.

  6. When the oil is hot, add half the garlic.

  7. Stir-fry until aromatic (about 10 seconds), and add half the beef.

  8. Let the beef brown and then stir-fry at high heat until the beef is about 80 percent cooked.

  9. Remove from the wok and cook the remainder of the beef. Add a small amount of rice wine or sherry to the beef while cooking if desired.

  10. Wipe out the wok and add 1 tablespoon oil.

  11. When the oil is hot, add the remainder of the garlic.

  12. Stir-fry for 10 seconds and add the green pepper.

  13. Stir-fry for a minute and then add the bamboo shoots. Splash a bit of water, soy sauce or chicken broth on the vegetables if they begin to dry out while stir-frying. (Total time for stir-frying the vegetables should be about 2 minutes).

  14. Add the sauce to the wok and bring to a boil.

  15. Add the cooked beef and the green onion back into the wok.

  16. Stir-fry for another minute to mix everything together.

  17. Serve hot with rice.