Stir-Fried Beef and Ginger with Garlic and Scallions

4 Servings

25 minutes

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This is our take on saiko cha k'nye, a simple but bold stir-fry from Cambodia. The ginger is not just a flavoring here—it's treated almost as a vegetable. A full cup of thinly sliced fresh ginger gives the dish substance; its spiciness and pungency is tamed by cooking. A mandoline makes quick work of slicing the ginger, but a chef's knife works, too. We liked the flavor and texture of beef sirloin tips here, but flank steak also worked. Serve the stir-fry with steamed jasmine rice to soak up the sauce.




Don't crowd the skillet when browning the beef. Cooking it in two batches ensures the pieces sear nicely, which translates to richer, deeper flavor in the finished dish.

25 minutes


  • pounds beef sirloin tips or flank steak, cut into 3-inch pieces with the grain, then sliced ½ inch thick against the grain

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper


Barbara W.

Quick and tasty. To serve two, we cut the recipe in half, doubled the garlic, added about 12 snow peas and resisted the temptation to add liquid to make more sauce and instead passed a top quality fish sauce (Red Boat) at the table. Also, we cheated and used 5-6 ounces of filet instead of the cheaper cut. Full disclosure: we are seniors so appetites not what they once were.