By Marzia Shamsi


This quick, yet healthy and delicious Asian beef stew is great, not just for casual entertaining, it also pleases little hungry tummies! I can also assure you that this stew is going to be a wonderful ride of vibrant flavours, a recipe everyone should have in their meal plans.


  • 1 pound flank steak
  • 3 to 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 7 tablespoons water
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 8 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch  plus 1 cup canned low-salt chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 4 teaspoons oriental sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 6 quarter-size slices peeled fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 pounds bok choy
  • 1 pound mushrooms assorted (enoki, shiitake, champagne)
  • 1 pound bell peppers


  • Cut steak into 2-inch-wide pieces, then slice thinly.
  • Combine 3 tablespoons water, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, and 2 teaspoons cornstarch in large bowl. Add steak and stir to coat. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  • Combine 6 tablespoons broth, remaining 2 tablespoons soy sauce, and 6 teaspoons cornstarch, vinegar, and next 3 ingredients in small bowl, stirring to dissolve cornstarch completely.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in wok or heavy large skillet over high heat, and add garlic. Next, add the meat with marinade and stir-fry until no longer pink, about two minutes. Transfer to platter.
  • Add 2 tablespoons vegetable oil to wok. Add ginger and stir until aromatic, about 30 seconds.
  • Add bokchoy and stir-fry one minute.
  • Add one cup broth. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 2 1/2 minutes.
  • Transfer bokchoy to bowl.
  • Add a tablespoon vegetable oil to wok. Add mushrooms and cook for two minutes.
  • Return steak and bokchoy to wok.
  • Stir in the sauce, add to wok and stir until sauce thickens, about 30 seconds.
  • Transfer mixture to platter. Serve immediately with steamed rice or stir fried noodles.

About the Author: 

Marzia Shamsi is a single mother to two lovely kids. Brought up in the UAE, a Canadian resident originally from India. A professional chef out of house while at home her first and last name is Mom. An amateur blogger who’s just started out, Marzia loves to share her thoughts and knowledge and dreams of owning her own restaurant some day.