Last week I went home for a few days to attend a Winter Social/Networking event with a family friend. I had a great time at the social, but an even better time eating my dad's homemade beef and potato stir fry.
My parents dote on me and my sister when we're home, so naturally my dad said he'd buy me whatever food I wanted. I usually go for the Chicago classic, Portillo's, but I was feeling homesick this week and asked him to make his iconic stir fry.
No one can make this stir fry quite like my dad does. My mom is the real chef in the family. My dad kind of messes around in the kitchen when there's no food tosses a bunch of things haphazardly into a pan. Sometimes what comes out is a winner. Despite doing exactly what my dad told me to do, I still couldn't get this recipe to taste exactly like his.
This stir fry can be done all in one pan for quick and easy clean up. It's a great introduction to Vietnamese food because it's meat and potatoes, and who doesn't love meat and potatoes? Even the pickiest of palates are familiar with the concept of meat and potatoes.
My favorite thing about this dish is the fact that despite being mostly potatoes, it's still served with rice. Eat this alone if you're cutting back on carbs. I highly recommend loading up on the carbs to fully enjoy the dish, though.
- 4 medium Red potatoes
- 4 oz beef, any tender cut
- 1/2 medium onion, sliced
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 cloves garlic
- salt and pepper
- green onion (optional)
- cilantro (optional)