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Take-Out, Fake-Out: Mongolian Beef

Skip the take-out! Mongolian beef is easy to make at home!

Chinese take-out always gets the best of us. You’re tired when you come home from work and you have kids & husbands whining (haha) that they’re hungry. What’s the easy thing to do? Pick up the phone and call take-out. I mean, I won’t lie, I’ve done it numerous times. Panda Express is literally 2 minutes from my house and some nights I’m like “screw it, let’s go get some.” It happens, but you can’t let it happen one too many times cause that stuff just isn’t good for you and it starts to show in numerous parts of your body ;)

So this past weekend I went to my first dress fitting. It went pretty well. The dress fits like a glove. The seamstress only has to hem it and put in a bustle. Which is great, except when it’s all zipped up, I have back cleavage. Haha, it’s such a funny term but it’s actually a real good description of back fat. All I gotta do is just lose probably 5 pounds and I should be good to go. If I lose any more weight, then I’m going to have to get the dress taken in and I don’t want to spend more money for that!

No more greasy take-out until after the wedding ;) until then, I can most definitely suffice with this take-out, fake-out mongolian beef. This thing is KILLER and tastes amazing. I swear Jason and I each had two bowls of it (oh yeah, portion control needs to kick in haha). It makes a lot so leftovers for lunch or dinner the next day is super awesome! I love having leftovers of delicious meals :) makes it feel like cooking the meal was well worth it!

Oh, so the best part of this? You can have this on your table in less than 30 minutes. I sound like Rachael Ray, don’t I? I didn’t mean to, but I had to get my point across, lol

Take-Out, Fake-Out: Mongolian Beef
Recipe type: Main Entree, Beef
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 4-6
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 tbsp. garlic, minced
  • 1 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1⅓ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 pounds flank steak, sliced
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • Green onions, sliced
  1. In a small saucepot, over medium heat, add 2 tsp. of vegetable oil and sauté ginger and garlic until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the soy sauce, water, and brown sugar and stir to combine. Bring mixture to a boil and let boil for 3 minutes, then remove from heat and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, toss sliced flank steak with cornstarch, shaking off the excess. Place in fridge for 10 minutes to allow coating to stick better on the beef.
  3. After 10 minutes, in a heavy bottom saucepan, over medium high heat, add ½ cup of vegetable oil and add the beef to the pan, in batches, to sear the outside on all sides, but barely cooked in the middle. Remove and let drain on paper towels as you finish up the rest of the beef. Pour out any excess oil in the saucepan.
  4. Place the saucepan back on the burner, but on medium heat, and pour in the sauce from earlier. It should come to a boil immediately. Add in the steak and coat with the sauce. Continue cooking beef and sauce at a boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. The sauce will thicken gradually. Add in the scallions.
  5. Serve hot over white or brown rice.
  6. Place leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Source: inspired by via Just a Taste



  1. Jamilah
    02/28/2015 at 10:36 pm

    My mom makes all of the kids cook once a week, and I chose to make this. (I’m 19) I had to double the recipe so it took quite some time, but the outcome was delicious! Best dinner ever! Thank you.

    • Julie
      03/01/2015 at 5:08 pm

      So happy to hear this!

  2. Emy
    03/07/2015 at 1:36 pm

    This was amazing! I used mushroom soy sauce, added a green onion and green bell pepper in the sauce with a pinch of cumin. For the beef 1/8 tsp of freshly ground black pepper.It was delicious thank you for posting this.

    • Julie
      03/08/2015 at 6:54 pm

      Glad you enjoyed this and adjusted to your taste!

  3. Kathryn
    04/15/2015 at 1:37 pm

    Just made this for dinner and it was delicious! Everybody ate every last bit (including an 11 year old and a 3 year old) – thank you!

  4. Sharon
    05/03/2015 at 11:09 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was amazing! The hubby loved it! My only addition was fresh broccoli. Delicious and easy. Great recipe.

  5. Cathy
    06/20/2015 at 10:08 am

    Is the brown sugar packed ?

    • Julie
      06/20/2015 at 4:02 pm

      No, I didn’t pack mine

  6. 07/13/2015 at 6:00 am

    Hi what is flank steak ?

    • Julie
      07/13/2015 at 7:45 am

      The flank steak is a beef steak cut from the abdominal muscles or butt of the cow.

  7. 07/14/2015 at 3:12 am

    Thanks Julie

  8. Halimah
    08/13/2015 at 11:32 pm

    I just made this tonight and it turned out perfect thanks for this awesome dish!

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