Serves 4

A Spicy, and tasty meal…

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Ingredients

Chilli beef

  • Oil for deep frying, plus 2 tbsp extra
  • 400g/14oz beef fillet,
  • 4 tbsp Sichuan peppercorns
  • 2 oranges, zest only
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 8 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 carrots, peeled and julienned

Chilli beef sauce

  • 150ml/5fl oz rice wine vinegar
  • 150g/5oz caster sugar
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 red chillies, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp ground ginger

Spicy noodles

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 250g fine egg noodles, cooked according to packet instructions, drained and refreshed in cold water and drained again
  • 3 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh coriander

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First thing, take the fillet of beef, and slice it into thin strips and coat in 2 tablespoons on vegetable oil.

Slice 2 carrots, thinly and length ways, julienne style.

Next thing to do is to toast the Sichuan Peppercorns in a hot frying pan for about 1 minute… then grind them in a pestle and mortar, grate some orange zest, and add to the peppercorns, and ground some more.

Mix this well with 1 tablespoon of salt, 8 tablespoons of cornflour, in a large bowl, then add the beef strips,  and thoroughly coat them in the mixture.

Deep fry the beef strips in pre heated oil for about 2-3 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from the pan and drain on some kitchen paper, add the carrots to the pan for 1-2 minutes they should float to the surface when cooked, and leave to drain with the beef strips.

Ok, next thing is to create the sauce for the chilli beef.  Heat a frying pan and add 150ml of Rice wine vinegar, 150g castor sugar, and 4 tablespoons of soy sauce and bring to the boil. Then add 2 finely chopped red chillis, 2 tablespoons of chilli flakes and 1 teaspoon of ground ginger, cook for a further 2-3 minutes or until the mixture thickens.

Then add the beef strips and carrot strips and cook for another 1-2 minutes, mixing well so that the sauce fully coats the beef.

In the meantime heat some vegetable oil in a pan and when it starts to smoke, add the garlic and 2 teaspoons of ground ginger and mix well. Add the pre-prepared noodles and stir fry for a minute or two. Finally add 3 tablespoons of sesame oil, 2 tablespoons soy sauce and 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar, mixing well. Sprinkle over 4 tablespoons  of chopped fresh coriander and stir fry for a final 1-2 minutes.

Prepare 4 serving plates and serve up the noodles and spoon over the chilli beef.

A tasty and spicy dish… enjoy.

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