My favourite dish in a Chinese restaurant | Beef fillets in Chinese style 中式牛柳

Having dinner in a Chinese restaurant – as you all may know – we order several dishes to share all the food with everyone. You might not have noticed, but in Chinese restaurants we also have a 3 course menu similar to the western counterpart. We always start with a Chinese soup, followed by different dishes as the main course. For the dessert, this is most likely a plate of fruit (depending on the restaurant you might have a little variety in the fruit) or sugar soup. Unlike western restaurants, there is not much of a choice regarding the starter and dessert since Chinese restaurants only prepare one type of dessert and fruit to serve that day.

Beef fillets in Chinese style is definitely one of my favourite dishes in a Chinese restaurant (not available in every restaurant though). The sauce is a bit similar to the infamous sweet and sour sauce, but it has a different level of sourness and sweetness. By using the OK sauce, it gives the dish a more fruity flavour – all the sauces that are used in this dish are available in Chinese supermarkets. This is also a fine dish to prepare at home, not much preparation is needed but make sure you start early to prepare the meat.

Beef fillets Chinese style

Beef fillets in Chinese style (stir-fry)


(1 hour preparation time)

200 gr beef fillet
½ onion cut into wedges
½ teaspoon baking soda (optional)

1 egg yolk
¾ tablespoon corn flour
½ teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon water
½ teaspoon chicken powder

1 tablespoon ketchup
1 teaspoon OK sauce
1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon chicken powder
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon of corn flour
1 tablespoon of cooked oil
4 teaspoon of water

  1. Cut the beef into thick pieces across the grain.
  2. This step is optional, as I prefer to eat the real structure of beef – Add in ½ teaspoon of baking soda and marinate for 30 minutes. This will make the beef more tender. Rinse the beef under water and drain it well.
  3. Add in the marinade and marinate it for 30 minutes.
  4. Heat up some oil in the wok and deep-fry the beef fillets for about 2 minutes, take out the beef and drain it well.
  5. Take a small bowl to prepare the sauce.
  6. Heat up 2 tablespoon of oil in the wok. Sauté the onion, add in the sauce and cook it until it is boiling. Add in the beef fillets and stir well.

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