Homemade Chocolate Syrup (From: Sunnyside Up, Originally From: 52 Kitchen Adventures)
- 1 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 c unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 c water
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. vanilla
Mix sugar and cocoa powder in saucepan, whisk in water and salt, heat over medium high heat until it comes to a boil.
Turn heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes or until thickened.
Remove from heat and let cool 5 minutes, then stir in vanilla and cool to room temp.
It’s kind of been a personal mission to make our favorite Chinese dishes at home. The first recipe we ever made was this Orange Chicken, and it is so good we keep trying new things.
This one was good, not as amazing at the Orange Chicken but still had great flavor and the Hubby loves beef so it was extra hit with him.
P.F. Changs Mongolian Beef (From: Food.com)
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger, minced
- 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 cup water
- 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
- vegetable oil, for frying (about 1 cup)
- 1 lb flank steak
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 2 large green onions, sliced on the diagonal into one-inch lengths
Heat 2 tsp of oil in medium saucepan over med/low, add ginger and garlic to pan and quickly add soy sauce and water before garlic burns. Add brown sugar and mix until dissolved. Turn heat to medium and boil 2-3 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat and let it cool
Slice the flank steak against the grain into 1/4″ thick bite-size slices (Tilt the blade of your knife at about a forty five degree angle to the top of the steak so that you get wider cuts). Dip the steak pieces into the cornstarch to apply a very thin dusting to both sides of each piece of beef. Let the beef sit for about 10 minutes so that the cornstarch sticks.
As the beef sits, heat up one cup of oil in a wok (you may also use a skillet for this step as long as the beef will be mostly covered with oil). Heat the oil over medium heat until it’s nice and hot, but not smoking. Add the beef to the oil and sauté for just two minutes, or until the beef just begins to darken on the edges. You don’t need a thorough cooking here since the beef is going to go back on the heat later.
After a couple minutes, use a large slotted spoon to take the meat out and onto paper towels, then pour the oil out of the wok or skillet. Put the pan back over the heat, dump the meat back into it and simmer for one minute. Add the sauce, cook for one minute while stirring, then add all the green onions. Cook for one more minute, then remove the beef and onions with tongs or a slotted spoon to a serving plate. Leave the excess sauce behind in the pan.