Powerful Pepper

While all of us are used to adding salt and pepper to taste, few actually know the benefits of adding pepper to your dishes. Black pepper contains piperine, which is a plant compound that has strong antioxidant properties. Moreover, piperine also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory potential. Another reason why pepper is a great addition to any savory dish is because it helps boost nutrient absorption. Now you can give yourself a pat on the back everytime you add pepper to your dishes- not only does it add a unique flavor it has a multitude of health benefits alongside it.

For a healthy quick dish try out this Black Pepper Beef recipe.


2 grinds Whole Black Peppercorn

350 grams beef tenderloin

2 tablespoons oyster sauce

1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine

1 teaspoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

1 teaspoon potato starch

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 small onion cut into 1/2 inch squares

100 grams bell pepper (1/2 red, 1/2 green)

2 large garlic cloves chopped


To begin, put the black peppercorns in a mortar and use a pestle to crack the peppercorns coarsely. In a bowl, whisk the oyster sauce, wine, soy sauce, sesame oil, and most of the black pepper (saving a little to garnish). Add the potato starch and mix that in until there are no lumps left. Stir the beef in, to coat evenly and let it marinate while you prepare the vegetables. Once all the prep is done, heat a frying pan over medium-high heat until hot. Add the vegetable oil, and then use tongs to add the beef in a single layer. Try to leave as much of the marinade in the bowl as possible. Fry the beef on one side until golden brown, and then flip each piece and fry the second side until browned. Dump the onions, bell pepper, and garlic into the pan and turn the heat to high. Stir-fry, tossing the contents of the pan periodically to ensure everything cooks evenly. When the onions become translucent, add the remaining marinade and toss everything together until the black pepper beef is shiny and evenly coated with sauce. Serve with rice and garnish with the remaining black pepper (to taste). Enjoy!