Recipes: Ow Yuk Sung

This is a kind of faux Chinese food. We got it out of a magazine in the 1960s and have been serving it ever since.

Ow Yuk Sung

  • 1 – 1.5 c. rice
  • 3/4 lb (400 g) raw hamburger or other minced meat
  • 1 cooking onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 lb. of green beans
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2.5 tablespoons corn starch
  • water as needed
  1. Clean the green beans. Wash, remove stem end, cut into short lengths, e.g. 1 inch (3 cm).
  2. While you make the rest of this, cook 1 – 1.5 cups of dry rice by your preferred method. I microwave it, 5 minutes to heat the water and 14 minutes on lower power to cook the rice, using a rice:water ratio of 1:2.5. If you use salt, 1 teaspoon of salt.
  3. To speed this up, boil two cups of water separately. While it’s heating….
  4. Cut onion into slivers. Oil a heavy saucepan and start frying the onion.
  5. Peel and chop garlic and add it; continue heating until the onion is translucent and turning golden.
  6. Add the hamburger and cook for three minutes, stirring to break it up into small chunks.
  7. Add 2 cups of boiling water and the soy sauce. When the mixture starts to bubble, add the green beans. Cook until the beans are bright green and tender, 5 – 7 minutes.
  8. Mix the cornstarch with a little cold water. Add it to the beans & meat gradually while stirring until well mixed. Cook gently until the sauce turns thicker and shiny (a few more minutes).
  9. While the sauce is thickening, pour the finished rice into a large serving bowl. Use the back of a big spoon to form the rice into a smooth lining for the bowl.
  10. When the sauce is ready, pour the mixture into the bowl of rice and serve to your delighted guests.

This serves four and reheats really well.

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