Sha Cha Beef Stir-fry

This Sha Cha Beef Stir-fry puts sha cha sauce (沙茶酱) front and center. Often labeled on its packaging as “Chinese BBQ Sauce” in English, sha cha sauce is a mixture of shallots, garlic, seafood, and chilies that yields a savory, vaguely seafood-y, umami-laden condiment perfect for stir-fries.

Sha Cha Beef Stir-fry

Ingredients
  1. 1 pound beef, thinly sliced
  2. 1 teaspoon soy sauce, plus 1 tablespoon
  3. 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  4. Vegetable oil
  5. 1-2 tablespoons minced ginger
  6. 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  7. 2 tablespoons Sacha Sauce
  8. 2 teaspoon sugar
  9. 5 scallions, cut on an angle into 2-inch lengths

Instructions
  • To the beef, add 1 teaspoon soy sauce, 2 teaspoons cornstarch and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. Mix well. Heat your wok over high heat until smoking. Add 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, and sear the beef until it just turns opaque (it can still be slightly pink). Remove the beef from the wok and set aside.
  • Reduce the heat to medium, and add another couple tablespoons of oil to the wok. Add the ginger and cook for 1 minute. Add the garlic, sacha sauce, and sugar, and fry this mixture for 2 minutes.