I have so many happy memories of eating there! I ALWAYS chose Golden City on my birthday or any occasion when I had the privilege of choosing the dining establishment. We had many a family gatherings in the large, private backroom. I went there with friends in high school when we were newly licensed and cruising. Then a very sad day came. Golden City changed ownership while I was in college and it went down hill from there. The quality, service and taste declined until it finally closed its big red and gold doors forever. Sad day indeed.
Since then I have been on a quest for comparable Chinese food. There are far too many mediocre or just down right gross Chinese places out there. I still regularly crave sizzling rice soup and their Mongolian beef, so when I saw this recipe I knew I would be making it.
It.Was.Delicious! Ok, so maybe not quite Golden City but a close second. So if like me, you are craving some good Chinese food go check out this one from HandletheHeat.com.
2/3 lb. flank steak, sliced across the grain
3 Tbsp. corn starch
3 tsp. canola oil, divided
1/2 tsp. grated ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
2-3 large scallions, sliced
1. Pat the steak pieces with a paper towel to get rid of any moisture. In a plastic bag toss the steak and cornstarch together.
2. Mix together the soy sauce, water, brown sugar and red pepper flakes in a small bowl or large measuring cup.
3. Heat half the oil in a wok or large fry-pan at medium-high heat and add the ginger and garlic. Cook for 30 seconds, or until fragrant, then add the soy sauce mixture. Cook for about 2 minutes and transfer back to the bowl or measuring cup.
4. Turn the heat up on the wok and add the remaining oil. Add the beef and cook, stirring until just browned.
5. Pour the sauce back in and let it cook with the meat. Simmer for around 5 minutes or until thickened. Place beef mixture on top of a bed of brown rice and garnish with scallions.
And now for a very exciting deal alert (sorry readers who are elsewhere, it's a local one):
After all that Chinese food, if you want to work out, I just found out about a great deal on joining a fitness gym. Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church, just a block from us, has a fitness center called The Lighthouse. After receiving a tip from a neighbor, I went to check it out today and found it to be clean, friendly and well equipped. It is a fairly small fitness center, but they have the important stuff like treadmills, exercise bikes, weight machines and an indoor walking/running track. They also offer some group fitness classes including Zumba (note- there is an additional fee for Zumba). Here is what is sooo unbelievable...a lifetime membership costs $5! Yes, you heard me correctly- a onetime fee of $5. We are joining tomorrow!