Quick Stir-fried Beef and Vegetables

Ready in 20 minutes
Yield: 6 servings

Heat a large saute pan and put:
3 tablespoons peanut oil

Heat the oil. Add:
1 package (8 ounces) fresh shitake mushrooms,
already sliced (optional)

Cook the mushrooms, constantly stirring until its liquid
has totally evaporated. Remove from pan and set aside.

In the same pan, saute:
1 tablespoon ginger, crushed & finely-chopped

Continue cooking until its aroma comes out. Add:
3 cloves garlic, finely-chopped

Saute until translucent. Add:
1-1/4 pounds sirloin steak, sliced into strips

Cook stirring constantly for about 5 minutes, and then
put in:
2 tablespoons rice wine

Simmer for about a minute, and then add:
1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 package (16 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables
1/2 cup beef stock

Put back the cooked mushrooms, if using. Bring to a quick
boil and simmer for another 5 minutes. Adjust the seasonings
if necessary. Thicken with a mixture of:
1-1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon water or beef stock

Lastly, stir-in:
2 teaspoons sesame oil

Serve hot on steamed Japanese rice or any rice of your choice.
Before serving, top with:
green onions or scallions, cut 1/2 cm. long

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