Sticky chili beef is a dish that just makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside, if you have a lower tolerance to a bit of spicy heat feel free to knock back the levels on this dish as it is definitely one that my wife puts on a coating of chapstick before eating. I have waxed lyrical about my love of ‘fakeaways‘ it is odd as we would probably only order a takeaway once a month in the UK, but suddenly discovering that you can not have something make you want it even more and that is definitely where my sticky chili beef recips comes from. It is sweet, spicy, salty and the crispy Szechuan crumb on the beef makes this a dish I love to eat. Given that I have eaten out a lot this month due to a visit from my Mother in Law it is kind of odd that I am hankering after a particular type of food at the moment, both this and my previous Chicken Drummer dish seem to really epitomise exactly what I want to eat at the moment.
If you read my site regularly you will know I am not a health ‘Nazi’, food is about more than just nourishment, it is about smiles and laughs and making your belly feel loved. Now I certainly don’t advocate eating fried food all of the time, but a little bit of indulgent food does the soul some good and so long as you have a balanced diet in really does not do the waistline any harm at all. I quite often read websites that are far too busy waxing lyrical about how great this food or that food is for you or even worst writers that go to great effort to tell you what is NOT in their dish and seem to forget to mention that the food tastes good… Or maybe it doesn’t who knows 😉
Yes this dish has a fair bit of sugar in it and it is deep fried and it tastes wonderful for it… Given that I don’t really eat dessert it is kinda odd that I have a fondness for savory dishes that have a definite sweet edge, I guess it is just my way of getting sugar, that’s my excuse and I am sticking to it. Essentially I need sticky chili beef in my life in order to maintain a well balanced diet 😉