Wok-Seared Steak Majong with Shishito Peppers


For this brightly flavored stir-fry, chef George Chen of San Francisco’s China Live combines crunchy, spicy shishito peppers and pieces of tender beef the size of mah-jongg tiles.   Slideshow:  More Chinese Recipes 

Wok-Seared Steak Mah-Jongg with Shishito Peppers
This dish is aptly named, as chef George Chen of China Live sears shishito peppers with pieces of steak that are intended to be the size of mah-jongg tiles. Photo: © Barnard & Meyer
Total Time:
35 mins
4 to 6


  • 1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon canola oil

  • 1 pound shishito peppers, stemmed

  • Kosher salt

  • Pepper

  • 1 pound filet mignon, New York strip or rib eye steak, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 tablespoon potato starch or cornstarch

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 small shallot, minced

  • 2 tablespoons rice wine, vermouth or dry white wine

  • 2 tablespoons kecap manis (see Note) or 1 tablespoon soy sauce mixed with 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 

  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

  • Steamed rice, for serving


  1. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the canola oil. Add half of the shishito peppers and season with salt and pepper. Stir-fry over moderately high heat until crisp-tender and charred in spots, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Repeat with 1 tablespoon of the oil, the remaining shishitos and salt and pepper.

  2. In a bowl, season the steak with salt and pepper and toss with 1 teaspoon of oil. Sprinkle with the potato starch and toss to coat. Heat the remaining oil in the skillet. Add the steak and stir-fry over moderately high heat until browned, 3 minutes. Add the steak to the shishitos.

  3. Add the garlic and shallot to the skillet and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until golden, about 2 minutes. Add the rice wine, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the skillet. Add the kecap manis, steak and shishito peppers and stir-fry until nicely glazed, about 2 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice, sesame seeds and sesame oil and season with salt and pepper. Serve with steamed rice.


Kecap manis is an Indonesian soy sauce that’s slightly thick and sweet. Look for it at Asian markets or on Amazon.

Suggested Pairing

WINE: Juicy, fruit-forward red.

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