Beef and Onion with Mixed Capsicums

“This is Cantonese cooking perfection, from the rich aromatic umami sauce and the tender beef fillet, right through to the little bit of background heat from the ground black pepper. A true Cantonese classic!” says Kwoklyn Wan, author of 10-Minute Chinese Takeaway.

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Serves: 2


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 200g sliced onion
  • 200g sliced mixed peppers
  • 300g beef fillet, cut into very thin slices
  • 2 teaspoons garlic purée
  • 2 teaspoons ginger purée
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the sauce

  • 250ml chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine (Shaoxing wine)
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cornflour
Beef and onion with mixed peppers from 10-Minute Chinese Takeaway by Kwoklyn Wan
Beef and onion with mixed peppers from 10-Minute Chinese Takeaway by Kwoklyn Wan. (Sam Folan/PA)


Combine the sauce ingredients in a bowl, mix well and set to one side.

Place your wok over a medium-high heat, add the oil and stir-fry the onions and peppers for three minutes. Next add the beef with the garlic and ginger purées and stir-fry for a further 30 seconds.

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Give the sauce mixture a quick stir and pour into your wok, bringing it to the boil and continuing to cook for another minute, or until the sauce has thickened to your preferred consistency.

Turn off the heat and add the black pepper, then give it all a good mix and transfer to a serving plate. This dish also works well when served with rice on the side.

10-Minute Chinese Takeaway by Kwoklyn Wan is published by Quadrille. Photography Sam Folan. Available now.

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