One of the reasons why I love cooking beef is its versatility. You could create dishes from savory to sweet to sour or you could pretty much whip up anything that you crave for. Tamarind Glazed Beef with Tofu is what I call an in between. It's definitely for those days when you are not sure whether you want something sweet or sour... or both..
I'm sure you are intrigued or maybe skeptical on how this dish taste but I understand. When I fist made this dish, my family were too. But if only I could show you their faces when they took their first bite, I'm sure you will be compelled to try it yourself. This dish revealed itself as a surprise "hit". Think savory. Think sweet and sour. Think comfort food. This dish will make your family say : "mom can you make this dish again tomorrow?"
2 tbsp cooking oil
1.5 lb. beef sirloin, sliced in jullienne strips
1 medium size onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp tamarind mix (sinigang mix) dissolved in 1/2 c water
1 tbsp peanut butter
2 tbsp kikkoman soy sauce
1/4 c brown sugar
green onions, sliced
Heat cooking oil in a wok over medium heat. Add garlic and onions and quickly stir fry until they are softened and translucent. Add beef and cook until meat is brown or until liquid gets reduced to almost dry.
Meanwhile, while the beef is cooking, prepare the sauce in a bowl by mixing tamarind mix dissolved in water, peanut buttee, soy sauce and brown sugar. Make sure to dissolve the peanut butter. Now if you want it more sour, you may want to add more sinigang mix into the mixture.
When the beef is almost done, pour the sauce in. Stir and cook until the suace is reduced until the sauce is thick.
Quickly add tofu and green onions. Cook it for a few more minutes or until done.