Cantonese-Style Minced Meat & Peas

Ugh this dish is sooo good and perfect for brunch! The minced meat is seasoned with soy sauce and cooking wine and then simmered alongside peas in a slightly sweet sauce comprised of mainly oyster sauce and soy sauce. This dish is typically made with ground beef but I subbed for ground turkey and tbh I prefer it with the turkey!

I used:

  • 1/4 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup peas (thawed, if frozen)
  • 1/2 lb ground turkey
  • minced meat marinade:
    • 1 tsp cornstarch
    • 1 tsp shaoxing wine
    • 1 tsp soy sauce
    • 1/2 dark soy sauce
    • dash of white pepper
  • sauce:
    • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
    • 1 tbsp soy sauce
    • 1 tbsp shaoxing wine
    • 1/2 tbsp dark soy sauce
    • 1 tsp sesame oil
    • dash of white pepper
    • pinch of sugar
    • 1/4 cup water
  • cornstarch slurry (optional): 1 tsp cornstarch + 1 tbsp water
  • to serve: 2 eggs and rice

To make:

  • marinate minced meat in cornstarch, shaoxing wine, soy sauce, dark soy sauce, and white pepper for at least 15 minutes
  • mix together the sauce (oyster sauce, soy sauce, shaoxing wine, dark soy sauce, sesame oil, white pepper, sugar, water) and adjust to taste
  • heat up a little oil on medium heat and add in onions and cook until translucent ~2 minutes
  • then add in the garlic until it’s aromatic, seasoning with a bit of salt
  • add in the minced meat, letting it brown and then breaking it down into chunks with your spatula, once the meat is mostly cooked, add in the sauce and let simmer for ~3-5 minutes while continuing to break down larger crumbles
  • add the peas and cook until softened ~1-2 minutes
  • thicken with cornstarch slurry if desired (note: give the slurry a good stir before pouring in)
  • serve over rice and top with fried egg