Thursday, November 29, 2012

Lunch in a Hurry | Pan Fried Thinly Sliced Beef

We all need a dish on the fly in our repertoire- especially when everyone expects that we are THE wizard of pots and pans.  For this reason, I love to stock up on seafood (they are ready in 5 minutes, ok uhh maybe a little exaggeration) and thinly sliced beef (whoah they never fail to deliver a delightful meal).

Like  you, there are times when my husband comes home from work earlier than usual. And when he does, he announces that he is so hungry.  When I hear the words "I'm so hungry",  I wish that I had a magic wand where I could just swirl and point to the table where food magically appears... or I dart to the kitchen, grab my thinly sliced beef and cook lunch in a hurry.

Well I'm sure you know that magic wands don't work. Clearly this is where a pack of thinly sliced beef comes in handy.

Pan Fried Thinly Sliced Beef


1- 1.5 lb beef thinly sliced
2 tbsps fish sauce
3 tbsp brown sugar
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 stalk of green oinon, sliced (divided)
2 tbsp chili oil (optional)
1 serrano pepper

Whisk all of the fish sauce and brown sugar and garlic together.When the brown sugar is dissolved, add the beef  and half of the green onion slices.  Mix thoroughly. Heat up a skillet,  when it's hot enough, place one layer of beef and pan fry each side.  You will hear it sizzle.

You should keep an eye on it as it carmelizes easily.  You may want the edges to be brown and crunchy but not burnt.  Add more green onions and minced garlic and serrano pepper.  Give it a quick stir and voila, it's ready.

Transfer to a serving plate. Drizzle with chili oil or you may opt to put it on theside.


  1. Hahaha! So funny! I can well relate with you! Whenever my husband lifts his face off his laptop to look at me and say, "Eat na?" I would jump from my seat and run around the kitchen to prepare the meal. But mine would usually be mixed veggie omelet or fritata.
    Hmmm... the photo gives me a feeling of waking up to a to-si-log breakfast meal! Now I have a strong urge to try your recipe! :) Happy long weekend!

    1. I know you have a long weekend over there in Manila. Happy long weekend to you!

      For us it's the usual 2 day weekend haha but glad the weekend is here.

      Take care,

  2. Ate Malou,
    I love your blog. I love the food and the musings you share. There are times when I feel like the post is too short, and I want to know more what's going on. Sounds wonky creepy huh?
    Keep blogging, keep blogging and keep blogging.
    Thank you,

  3. Ang sarap! Fairy god-mother whiz Malou, please make me a plate of this delish beef! Lol, just teasing. You're awesome, to come up with this, Malou. Must try it soon. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. Kahit minadali, mukhang super-sarap pa rin!!!

  5. Hi Malou, your thinly sliced beef is more like a shave beef...awesome unique spicy, and delicious. Love, love the method of preparation, and thanks for sharing the perfect recipe:) Have a wonderful Sunday, my dear friend! xo

  6. Such a nice quick dish! I love the spiciness of it. And when it comes to seafood, I have to say about 5 minutes seems right to me! Good stuff - thanks.

  7. Awesome quick lunch or dinner! My husband tends to get sandwiches when that happens :P I've got this bookmarked though for the next time! Lol, I'm sure he'll appreciate it.

  8. That is always gonna be super sarap with rice. Quick but flavorful and satisfying. Have a good week, Malou! :)

  9. This looks so yummy Malou!!!!!!! Want to try this ASAP

  10. Hi! I just want to ask how you made the chili? it really looks delicious :) thanks!

  11. Wow! Your Recipe looks really delicious! :D But I just want to ask how you made the chili? huhu I LOVE CHILI! ^_^ Thanks!

  12. Hi! this looks really delicious! but can I ask how you've made the chili? thanks! :D

    1. Hi Marylaine,
      Thanks for dropping by. Well I bought the chili in a bottle. I wish i could share with you a recipe but i haven't really tried making my own. I buy the one that's bottled. Lee kum kee carries one too. Good luck!


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