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Beef and Snow Peas in XO Sauce


Beef and Snow Peas in XO Sauce
2 Tablespoons dried shrimp, simmered for one hour
10 dry scallops, soaked for fifteen minutes in hot water, then simmered for half an hour
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup minced peeled onion
3 cloves fresh garlic, peeled and minced
1 small chili pepper, seeds discarded, then minced
2 Tablespoons minced Smithfield ham
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pound sirloin steak, cut into small cubes
3 Tablespoons Chinese rice wine
3 Tablespoons mushroom soy sauce
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
½ pound snow peas, ends and stings discarded, each cut in half on an angle

1. Dice shrimp and shred the scallops, then mix them together.
2. Heat a wok or fry pan, add both, and stir-fry the onion and the garlic for two minutes, then add the chili pepper and stir fry for half af minute.
3. Next, add ham, black pepper, and the steak cubes and stir fry for two minutes, than add the rice wine, soy sauce, cornstarch, and sugar and stir-fry an additional minute before tossing in the snow peas. Stir-fry this for two minutes; then serve in a pre-heated bowl.

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