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      Hawaiian Style Beef Tomato (Easy Recipe)

      This Hawaiian-style beef tomato recipe has simple ingredients and is the perfect quick meal for busy weekday nights. It’s a pretty simple dish to make and the best part is how many veggies are packed into this recipe.

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      It’s a great option for vegetarians as well as you can simply swap the beef for thinly sliced extra-firm tofu. Overall, this tomato beef stir fry is easy to make, filled with vegetables and a great busy night dinner option to try out. 

      Origins of Beef Tomato

      Despite beef tomato being a popular dish in Hawaii, it has Cantonese origins. In fact, you’re likely to find this dish in many Chinese restaurants as it’s a popular Chinese food as well.

      Many immigrants came to Hawaii from Asia, specifically Japan, China, Korea and the Philippines, to work on plantations. As more immigrants came over, the cuisine of Hawaii molded to their unique cultural dishes.

      This led to many “fusion” dishes, which blended Asian flavors with local Hawaiian foods. Many beloved Hawaiian dishes like spam musubi, chicken hekka and beef tomato were created with the influence of immigrants. 

      Ingredients for Beef Tomato

      The ingredients for beef tomato are all listed down below. Next to each ingredient is a list of possible alternatives. I recommend sticking to the original ingredients for the best results.

      IngredientsSubstitutions
      Thinly sliced beefThinly sliced chicken, pork or tofu, ground beef
      CornstarchPotato starch, arrowroot starch
      Light soy sauceRegular soy sauce, dark soy sauce
      Garlic clovesMinced jarred garlic, garlic powder
      GingerGround ginger
      Yellow onionWhite onion, sweet onion, red onion, shallots
      Green bell pepperRed bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, orange bell pepper
      Roma tomatoBeefsteak tomato, tomato on the vine, heirloom tomato, brandywine tomato
      Green onionChives
      Chicken bouillon powderBeef bouillon powder, chicken stock, vegetable stock
      White sugarBrown sugar, maple syrup, honey, corn syrup
      Worcestershire sauce
      Cooking oil Canola oil, olive oil, avocado oil, vegetable oil

      You should be able to find most of these ingredients at your local grocery store. If you are unable to, try your local Asian grocery store, especially for ingredients like soy sauce and chicken bouillon powder.

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      How to make Beef Tomato

      In a medium sized bowl, add the beef, 1 teaspoon of cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of soy sauce. Use your hands or tongs to evenly distribute the marinade.

      While the beef marinates, prep your vegetables. Cut the tomatoes into small wedges and the bell pepper and onion into medium sized chunks. 

      In a large pan or wok over medium heat, add the cooking oil. Add the beef and stir fry until browned. Remove from the pan. 

      Then, add the garlic, ginger, bell pepper and onions. Cook until slightly softened, then add the tomatoes and beef. Stir fry until the tomatoes are slightly wilted, about 2-3 minutes.

      In a small bowl, combine the remaining cornstarch with ½ cup of cold water to form a cornstarch slurry. Stir until dissolved. Add this to your pan along with the remaining soy sauce, chicken bouillon powder, white sugar and worcestershire sauce. 

      Toss together until the beef and vegetables are evenly coated in the sauce. Remove from the heat and serve over rice or noodles. 

      How to store the leftovers

      If you have any leftovers, I recommend storing them in an airtight container. Make sure to transfer them to the refrigerator within two hours of cooking to help prevent foodborne illness. 

      I would recommend separating the beef tomato stir-fry from the rice or noodles it is served with. This makes reheating the dish much easier and leads to better results.

      Once you are ready to reheat your dish, you can do so in the microwave or in a frying pan over medium heat. Either way has good results, though reheating in a pan turns out better. 

      You can also freeze your leftovers. Once fully cooled, transfer to a freezer-safe container or plastic bag. Remove any excess air and keep in the freezer for up to six months.

      You can reheat the frozen leftovers in the microwave or in a pan over medium heat. There is no need to defrost to leftovers beforehand. 

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      Hawaiian-Style Beef Tomato

      This Hawaiian-style beef tomato recipe has simple ingredients and is the perfect quick meal for busy weekday nights.
      Prep Time 10 minutes
      Cook Time 15 minutes
      Total Time 25 minutes
      Course Main Course
      Cuisine Chinese, Hawaiian
      Servings 2 servings

      Ingredients
        

      • 1/2 lb thinly sliced beef
      • 3 cloves garlic minced
      • 1/2 inch ginger minced
      • 1/2 yellow onion
      • 1/2 green bell pepper
      • 1 roma tomato
      • 1 stalk green onion

      Instructions
       

      • In a medium sized bowl, add the beef, 1 teaspoon of cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of soy sauce. Use your hands or tongs to evenly distribute the marinade.
      • While the beef marinates, prep your vegetables. Cut the tomatoes into small wedges and the bell pepper, green onion and onion into medium sized chunks.
      • In a large pan or wok over medium heat, add the cooking oil. Add the beef and stir fry until browned. Remove from the pan.
      • Then, add the garlic, ginger, bell pepper and onions. Cook until slightly softened, then add the tomatoes and beef. Stir fry until the tomatoes are slightly wilted, about 2-3 minutes.
      • In a small bowl, combine the remaining cornstarch with ½ cup of cold water to form a cornstarch slurry. Stir until dissolved. Add this to your pan along with the remaining soy sauce, chicken bouillon powder, white sugar and worcestershire sauce.
      • Add the green onions to the pan.
      • Toss together until the beef and vegetables are evenly coated in the sauce. Remove from the heat and serve over rice or noodles.

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