Electric Lunchbox #19: Mongolian Beef

Mongolian Beef is one of the few Chinese recipes I make semi-regularly as my family devours it. I usually make this on the stove for a meal big enough to have left overs for the following day.

I decided to try to modify it for the Itaki and make it a set and forget meal so that it can work if I were to actually use this in a lunch-at-work setting. After a few tries, I got it just right! I am sharing it with you all so that you can have this delicious meal, with a little effort on your part!

*Please note that the word “cup” in any of my electric lunchbox recipe refers to the little Itaki cup included with the lunchbox. It holds 40ml.*

200 grams steak (sirloin or flank), sliced thinly
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon chili sauce (sambal oelek)
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon ginger, grated
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 cup beef broth
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons green onion, to serve

2 cups rice

2 cups water

2 ELB cups water in the base

Mix the steak, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, brown sugar, chili sauce, garlic, ginger, cornstarch, beef broth, and sesame oil in the bottom bowl of the Itaki. Set on the base.

Place rice in the small upper bowl, rinse and drain. Add 2 ELB cups water to the rice and place on top of the other bowl. Pour 2 cups water in the base, cover, and let steam until it shuts off, around 30 minutes.

Carefully remove bowls from the base and fluff the rice. Stir the beef and top with green onions before serving.

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6 thoughts on “Electric Lunchbox #19: Mongolian Beef

  1. Maddie McDade December 22, 2020 / 8:28 pm

    Hi just double checking, is it 1 elb cup of beef broth or 1 regular cup? Also are you able to use a different type of steak if the ones you suggested aren’t available?

  2. Theresa Pizarro December 22, 2020 / 8:48 pm

    Hello! For this recipe, it is the little cup included with the lunchbox, which holds 40 ml.
    About the steak, as long as it is not the ones that need a long cooking time to tenderize, you should be fine! 😊 Thank you for stopping by!

  3. Kendra March 1, 2021 / 9:47 pm

    Thanks for this recipe! Can’t wait to try it in my little lunch box, I absolutely love that little thing!!

    • Theresa Pizarro March 2, 2021 / 10:15 am

      Isn’t it neat? I hope you like my recipe too! ❤️🙏

  4. Denise April 4, 2023 / 11:26 am

    I just got the newest Itaki lunchbox, the rectangular one, and made breakfast in it this morning. Unfortunately, I didn’t spray the metal tray so my eggs stuck but other than that the breakfast was good. Then I used it later for a lunch of peas and rice and shrimp. Everything turned out beautifully. This recipe of yours looks fabulous and it’s one I’ll try very soon. Do you still use your lunchbox???

    • Theresa Pizarro April 4, 2023 / 9:13 pm

      Hello! I have been eyeing that new box but as free time is super limited, i don’t think i need more than the 3 I already own!
      I hope you try this recipe and i hope you’ll like it! I still use the lunchbox occasionally but been duper busy I can’t find enough time to write the recipes and articles to post.
      Thank you for visiting and i hope you’ll find some recipes to try!

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