How to Make Beef Broccoli


Tenderized using a Chinese secret technique

Cutting the beef

The best way to cut the beef is to cut against the grain of the beef. You can tell the direction of the grains by noticing the lines running along the meat. To cut against it, is to cut perpendicular to those lines. By cutting against the grains, you are cutting through the tough fibers and making them shorter so you can chew it easier.

beef cut
To the left is the correct cut (against the grain), to the right is the bad cut (cut with the grain).

Tenderizing meat

The technique to tenderize the beef is actually used in the Chinese cuisine. The secret is using baking soda! The baking soda helps break down more of the tough fibers of the meat. The longer you let the meat marinate, the more tender the meat becomes.

Beef Broccoli 2

Beef Broccoli

Tenderized meat that will melt in your mouth. Enjoy this homemade meal on nights with your family!
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Prep Time:2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time:30 minutes
Total Time:3 hours


  • 8 oz flank steak
  • 6 oz broccoli florets
  • water for boiling
  • 2 1/2 tbsp oil divided
  • 2 inches ginger

Baking Soda Solution:

  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp water
  • 1 tsp oil


  • 1/2 tbsp shoyu soy sauce
  • 1 tsp rice wine/dry sherry (no alcohol, replace for chicken stock)
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil (optional)
  • 3 dashes white pepper
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch


  • 1 tbsp shoyu soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1/4 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 4 tbsp water


  • Prep the beef by cutting it against the grain into thin slices. Combine the meat with the baking soda solution.
  • In a small bowl, combine the marinade ingredients together. Add the marinade to the meat and massage it into it. Cover and let it marinade in the fridge for an hour to overnight to tenderize.
  • Bring a pot of water to a boil and add in the broccoli florets to the water. Let it blanch for 10-20 seconds. Remove the broccoli with a slotted spoon and transfer it to a bowl with ice cold water. Remove broccoli from ice bath and set aside.
  • Heat one tablespoon of oil in a wok or nonstick skillet over high heat. Stir fry the beef for 2-3 minutes. Dish it out and set aside
  • Heat the remaining oil (1 1/2 tbsp) in the wok over high heat. Add the ginger and cook it until it is aromatic. Add in the beef, broccoli, and the sauce. Stir fry until combined well, about 1-2 minutes.
  • As soon as the sauce thickens, serve it with hot rice and enjoy!


Servings: 4

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