Very delicious, and pretty forgiving, ingredients-wise. My husband didn't think the beef needed the cornstarch. I'm wont to agree with him. Next time we'll just brown it in the pan, sans cornstarch. The sauce was great, but I wasn't able to use every ingredient exactly. We didn't have any rice vinegar so I just used white vinegar, which I didn't realize would be much stronger. So it gave the dish a stronger flavor. Not necessarily a bad thing, but next time I'd like to try it with rice vinegar (after I get to the store). I also had to use powdered ginger, so I cut the amount down to about 1 tsp or so. I didn't bother sautéing anything other than the meat; I just dumped all the sauce ingredients in, together. After letting it boil for a while, I added a little cornstarch/water slurry to help speed up the thickening (my kids and I were hungry). If it were just me, I might add some red pepper flake, too, like they sometimes do in the Chinese restaurants. I'd like to try the sauce over chicken. My husband was very impressed with how it turned out, which is really saying something, because he's my toughest critic when it comes to food.
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Very delicious, and pretty forgiving, ingredients-wise. My husband didn't think the beef...