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Beef with Kailan (Chinese Broccoli)

Beef with Kailan (Chinese Broccoli) Recipe

Flank is the most value-for-money cut of beef you can use for this stir-fry: the beef will remain tender after cooking, as long as it is not over-cooked. You can also use more premium cuts such as tenderloin, sirloin, or ribeye.

Check out the previous page for photos of the ingredients.


  • 150 grams beef flank sliced thinly & diagonally against the grain
  • 150 grams kailan (Chinese broccoli) separate leaves from stems; stems slice thinly & diagonally; bigger leaves cut into smaller pieces
  • 1/2 + 1 tbsp cooking oil divided
  • 3 shallots sliced thinly
  • 3 thinly sliced ginger julienned
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 chilli padi or half finger-length red chilli de-seeded & sliced thinly
  • cornstarch solution combine 1 tsp cornstarch with 1 tbsp water in a small cup


  • 1 tsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 dashes white pepper powder

(B) SAUCE (combine in a small cup)

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp fine brown sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp Chinese wine


1. Marinate sliced beef in (A) for 20 minutes or overnight in fridge.
2. Pre-cook beef. Heat 1/2 tbsp oil in wok, pan-fry beef until 3/4 cooked. Dish them out on a plate and set aside.
3. Stir-fry aromatics. Carefully clean the pan with paper towel, then heat the pan and add the remaining oil. Stir-fry shallots, ginger, garlic and chilli briefly until aromatic.
4. Cook & serve. Add kailan stems, stir-fry for 1-2 minutes, or until they start to soften. Then add the kailan leaves and sauce ingredients (B). Stir-fry until the leaves are wilted. Return the previously cooked beef back to the wok and stir-fry briskly. Let the contents simmer, thicken with cornstarch solution and serve.

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4 comments on “Beef with Kailan (Chinese Broccoli)”

  1. One of the classic stirfries! I love broccoli, but kailan tastes better :-)

  2. I agree. Just this side-dish is enough to make us all happy. But I must have a huge plate of this side-dish, plus rice, of course!

    I like that you added some chili in there :p

  3. Hi,
    May I know where do you buy your beef for cooking? I only buy from NTUC. Any better options?
    thank you

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