Thai-Style Beef with Broccoli
Heat the vegetable oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Add the shallot and stir-fry until it begins to soften. Add the chili powder and continue to stir-fry until well combined.
Add the brown sugar, fish sauce, soy sauce, and soy beans; stir-fry for 30 seconds.
Add the beef and continue to stir-fry until the beef is almost done, approximately 2 minutes.
Stir in the water and bring it to a boil. Add the rice sticks, stirring until they start to cook. Reduce the heat to medium, cover, and let cook for 30 seconds. Stir and reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and let cook for 3 minutes.
Add the broccoli pieces, cover, and cook for 1 minute. Remove the wok from the heat and adjust seasoning to taste.
Serve with wedges of lime and hot sauce passed separately at the table.
I enjoy traditional Chinese-style beef with broccoli, but I like the spiciness of this Thai version better. To make this a vegetarian dish, I omit the beef and use 3 cups of broccoli instead of only 1.