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Asparagus with Black Bean Beef

1/2 lb Beef, sliced, marinated
1 lb Asparagus
1/4 ts Baking soda, dissolved in
2 teaspoons water
1 tb Chinese fermented black beans, minced with:
4 Garlic cloves (1/2 teaspoon each)
1 ts Rice wine
2 ts Soy sauce
Peanut oil

Marinade For Beef
1 ts Cornstarch
1 ts Soy sauce
1/2 ts Rice wine
1/2 ts Sugar
1/4 ts MSG (optional)
1/2 ts Salt

Gravy Mixture
1 ts Cornstarch
1/3 c Water

Cut the beef when it is partially frozen, and cut it across the grain into thin slices.

Stir baking soda solution into the beef (to help tenderize it). Stir in the marinade. Then stir in 1 tsp peanut oil and marinate the beef for one hour or more in the refrigerator.

Heat 1 tablespoon peanut oil over high heat, add 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir in asparagus. Add 1/4 cup water. Cover pan for 2 minutes, and do not lift lid. When done, remove to a platter.

Over high heat, add 1 tablespoon of oil. Stir-fry the RINSED black beans and garlic mixture. Stir for a few seconds. Add the beef. Stir-fry quickly until barely. Do not overcook or the beef will become tough. Sizzle in 1 tablespoon of rice wine and 2 teaspoons of soy sauce. Stir in asparagus.

Add gravy mixture. Stir until thickened. Serve hot.

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