Uyghur Spicy Beef Skewers

Uyghur are a Turkic ethnic group, the largest ethnic minority in China. Most have Islamic beliefs, so their food is Halal. They are located mainly in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. The Uyghur language is a Turkic language very similar to Turkish. The term Uyghur means "united" or "allied". Uyghur people are also found in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Mongolia and Afghanistan

Recipe courtesy of Mr. Xue's
Show: Luke Nguyen's Greater Mekong Episode: Kunming, China
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 5 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: 50 min
Cook: 5 min
YIELD: 6 servings


  • 2 1/4 pounds beef sirloin, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 3 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground Sichuan pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Special equipment: 12 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 20 minutes
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    For the marinade: Place the beef cubes in a large mixing bowl. Add the vegetable oil, soy sauce, sea salt, chili flakes, coriander, cumin, ginger powder, nutmeg, paprika powder, pepper and garlic and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight for a better result.

    Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.

    Thread the beef onto the skewers and grill for 3 minutes per side. Baste the beef with the oil as it cooks and sprinkle with the dried chili flakes and cumin.

    Serve with the lemon wedges.

    This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and may have been scaled down from a bulk recipe. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.

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