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orange beef 

by Dorothy Huang

Serves 4

1 pound beef tenderloin

Marinade for beef:

1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon dry sherry
1 tablespoon oil


Seasoning sauce:

1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon regular soy sauce
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
3/4 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon sesame oil



2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ cup cornstarch
1/2 cup flour
3 tablespoons cooking oil
2/3 cup water


4 cups oil for deep-frying
1 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons oil for stir-frying
6 to 10 whole dried chili peppers (Do not eat these peppers after cooking.)
Peel from one orange, shredded (Save a few pieces for garnish.)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3 green onions, cut into 2-inch lengths

Orange slices

Garnish: a few pieces of shredded orange peels

1. Cut beef tenderloin into 1 inch cubes. Add marinade. Toss to coat evenly. Let stand for 15 minutes or longer in the refrigerator.

2. Combine seasoning sauce ingredients in a bowl. In another bowl, mix batter ingredients. Blend with a whisk until smooth.

3. Heat 4 cups oil in a wok over high heat to 375 degrees F.

4. Dip beef in batter and dredge in cornstarch. Add piece by piece to the hot oil.  Do half of the beef in one batch.  Deep-fry until lightly brown.  Remove with a strainer.  Do the other half of beef the same way.

5. Heat oil up again and fry beef one more time until golden brown. Remove to a plate lined with paper towels.

6. Remove oil to a heat-proof bowl.  Wipe wok with paper towels.  Add 2 tablespoons oil, dried chili peppers, and orange peels.  Stir for 20 seconds.  Add beef, then sugar and green onions, stirring a few more seconds.  Pour in sauce and mix thoroughly.  Remove beef to a serving platter. Arrange orange slices around the edge of the platter.  Garnish with shredded orange peels and serve immediately.


© Dorothy Huang, 2005


As a renowned Chinese culinary instructor, Dorothy Huang has taught thousands of people the art of Chinese cooking. Her beautiful cookbook, Chinese Cuisine Made Simple ($34.95), contains 160 mouth-watering recipes. The book’s simple instructions and delicious results have proven popular with both novice and seasoned cooks. 

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