Beef Stir Fry with Sautéed New Potatoes and Cherry Tomatoes Posted by: | May 7, 2010

One of my favorite stir fries that my Mom makes is Beef Stir Fry with Potatoes. Her version would typically include Sautéed Potatoes with beef, garlic, and cilantro leaves for flavour and garnishing. It is simple and yet so delicious. However, this week, I made a healthier version, using new potatoes instead of normal potatoes, and adding on red and yellow cherry tomatoes. It adds perfect colors and juicy texture to the dish, and I conveniently finished my potato, cherry tomatoes and basil leaves left overs from the weekend. I love it when I finish all my left over ingredients in one dish and still make it look like it was all “intentional”. And what better way to make this dish “official” by posting its recipe up here. Like many other inventions, great recipes can be purely experimental or accidental. It was yummy to the last bit! I love the sweetness of the baby potatoes and the nutty flavours of its skin. Definitely a keeper.

Oh and I have an announcement to make. I am officially a proud owner of a pair of Japanese Kai Chef Knives. It cost me 100 bux for the pair of knives. It’s super duper sharp and it feels so great in my hands. I feel more like a chef now, and for once, I look forward to chopping! I know it’s not the most high-end chef knives (the best ones cost between 250 to 350 dollars), but it is definitely an upgrade from my existing German Zwilling knives (which were already a big deal to me 2 years ago – how amateurish I was…). I treat my new Kai knives with as much care and respect as if it were my Samurai swords. I admire them before I use them, and I polish them before I put them back into its box after washing (Yes, I keep them away from my other knives to avoid scratch and abrasion). Call me obsessed, but nothing beats a pair of sharp, steady knives. It makes cooking so much more enjoyable and serious! Time to brush up on my chopping technique to be fast and pro! Next up on my wish-list: Hand-Blender. It’s great for making soups and sauces. I want to make Gazpacho with it!

Anyway back to my latest Stir Fry invention. Here it is:

Beef Stir Fry with Sautéed New Potatoes and Cherry Tomatoes

INGREDIENTS (serves 3 – 4):

  • 250 – 300g flank steak Beef, thinly sliced
  • 1 handful new potatoes/baby potatoes, cut into 0.5cm slices
  • 1 big handful of red cherry tomatoes and yellow cherry tomatoes each
  • A bunch of basil leaves
  • 2 cloves of garlics, squashed and minced
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 4 tablespoons Corn Oil (or any neutral oil)


1. In a non-stick frying pan, heat 2 tablespoons of corn oil on medium heat and toss in 1 clove of minced garlic. Once it is fragrant, throw in the potatoes and cook for about 10 – 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to brown the potatoes slightly on both sides. Remove from pan when the potatoes are just about tender.

2. In the same pan, add 1 tablespoon of oil on high heat, and toss in the seasoned beef (pre-seasoned with garlic and salt & pepper to taste). Stir the beef around quickly till all slices come in contact with the pan. Remove onto a plate when the meat has just turned from pink to brown (this process should take about 3 minutes). Don’t over-cook the beef or it will turn tough really quickly.

3. Put the pan back on medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of oil and add the remaining garlics plus cherry tomatoes. stir occasionally and add more salt and pepper to taste. When the cherry tomatoes are just turning soft, add the beef back into the pan, and sprinkle in the basil leaaves. Stir for about 2 more minutes and turn off the heat. Leave some fresh basil leaves for garnising just upon serving.

And there you have a plate full of flavors and colors:

I’m staying home tomorrow, on a Friday night, to unwind quietly at home alone. This entire week has been crazy busy for me and I’m just looking forward to some quiet time with my cook books. I also made cupcakes this week, but I guess I’m gonna have to blog about it tomorrow. I’m ueber sleepy and tired now. Sorry peeps! Good night and…wait for it…. TGIF!!!!!!!


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