Recipe: Five Spice Beef with Vegetables

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Serves 4. Preparation time: 5-10 minutes. Cooking time: 5-7 minutes


  • 450g/1lb minute, sirloin or rump steaks, cut into 10cm/5inch strips
  • 15-30ml/1-2tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 x 5cm/2inch piece fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • ½ bunch spring onions, finely chopped
  • 5ml/1tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • 225g/8oz Savoy cabbage or spring greens, finely shredded
  • 100g/4oz sugar snap peas
  • Freshly milled black pepper
  • 60ml/4tbsp soy sauce
  • 75ml/5tbsp clear honey
  • 60ml/4tbsp pineapple juice
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 25g/1oz toasted cashew nuts, to garnish


  • Heat the oil in a large non-stick wok or frying pan and stir-fry the beef strips for 1-2 minutes with the garlic, ginger, spring onion and five-spice powder.
  • Add the Savoy cabbage or spring greens and sugar snap peas. Stir-fry for 1-2 minutes. Season and reduce the heat.
  • In a small bowl mix together the soy sauce, honey, pineapple and lime juice. Add to the pan with the cashew nuts and heat for 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve with egg-fried rice or noodles.




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