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3 Secrets to Making Tender Fried Beef

Try these three ways to make tender fried beef. (Image: Unsplash via Pixabay/CC0 1.0)
Try these three ways to make tender fried beef. (Image: Unsplash via Pixabay/CC0 1.0)

If you’ve ever made fried beef before, you’d know it can be quite tricky to get it nice and tender so it’s easy to chew. Otherwise, it can become tough and rather hard to eat.

Here we can unveil three secrets to making fried beef tender — try these for yourself.

1. Soak the beef in oil for 1-2 hours

Soaking beef in oil can tenderize it. (Image: margenauer via Pixabay/CC0 1.0)

Soaking beef in oil can tenderize it. (Image: margenauer via Pixabay/CC0 1.0)

When heated, the oil will inflate to break down the fiber of the meat, helping to make it tender.

2. Coat the meat with a batter

Coating beef in a batter can help keep it tender. (Image: ben dalton via flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0)

Coating beef in a batter can help keep it tender. (Image: ben dalton via flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0)

This way, the water in the meat will be kept in.

For 250 g of beef, mix together:

  • 10 g wine
  • 5 g salt
  • 1 g MSG (monosodium glutamate)
  • 1 egg, and
  • 20 g wheat starch

Stir them together until the ingredients are well mixed, and then coat the beef with this mixture.

3. Soak in beer for half an hour

Soaking beef in beer is another way to tenderize it. (Image: hb8g12 via Pixabay/CC0 1.0)

Soaking beef in beer is another way to tenderize it. (Image: hb8g12 via Pixabay/CC0 1.0)

The enzymes in beer break down the protein in the meat, making it tender.

Extra tips

When frying beef, make sure the oil is hot before adding the beef to the pan.

Do not fry the meat for too long, as it will make the beef tough.

Translation research by Mona Soong

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