Shacha Beef & Garlic Chives Stir-Fry

Here’s yet another Shacha sauce recipe. I know…not another one, but it’s just too yummy to resist. Besides using it as a dip for hotpot, this is another very popular use of shacha sauce – pairing it with beef. Shacha beef was how I first hear about this sauce. “Shacha” translates into “sand tea”, so when I first heard about shacha something, I thought it was the something in a sauce made with ground tea, turns out it’s something totally different. I can understand the “sand” as the sauce is “gritty”, but I still don’t get the “tea” part. Anyway, it’s tasty stuff, glad I tried it and I hope I’ve convinced you to get a bottle too!


shacha beef and garlic chives


  • 260g beef – sliced
  • 70g (about 10 stalks) garlic chives – chopped into 1 1/2-inch lengths
  • 1 tbs grated ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic – pressed


  • 2 tbs Shacha sauce 沙茶酱
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbs oyster sauce
  • 1 tbs Shaoxing wine
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cornstarch


  • Mix together beef and all ingredients for marinade, leave for at least 30 mins.
  • Heat up a bit of oil in a pan, add ginger and garlic, fry until fragrant.
  • Add marinated beef, stir-fry until almost cooked.
  • Mix in garlic chives and about 2 tbs water. Stir-fry until beef is cooked and garlic chives wilted.
  • Season to taste if needed.

Now for something really random…

Besides shacha sauce, I’m currently addicted to Hipstamatic, an iphone app. Found out about this really cool photography app through Rita’s other blog, Living La Vida Rita.

It makes something really ordinary looks cool, so I’ve been snapping non-stop, mainly random little things…

The piggies

Feeling the mood?


Cheers…have a great weekend!