Spicy Beef with Fermented Black Beans and Scallions
At South Beauty, a chain of modern, high-design Sichuan restaurants in Beijing, cooks simmer beef tableside in pots of boiling oil that have been lavishly seasoned with dried hot red peppers and fresh Sichuan peppercorns. The beef becomes exquisitely tender, fragrant and spicy. Susanna Foo's lovely version of the dish calls for just a fraction of the oil, which is more in keeping with American tastes.
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