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Gourmet Retailer of the Year Award 2022

Beef and Capsicums in Black Bean Sauce



  • ¼ tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Chinese rice wine, or dry sherry
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ pound beef (sirloin or flank steak are good)
  • 2 large capsicums (2 green or 1 green and 1 red)
  • 2 tsp fermented black beans (or 1 tbsp, if desired)
  • 1 tbsp garlic, chopped
  • 2 tsp ginger, chopped
  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • 4 tsp of water
  • ¼ cup chicken broth or stock
  • 3 ½ tbsp oil (for stir-frying)
  • ¼ tsp sugar
  • pepper, to taste (optional)


  1. Combine all ingredients, then set aside.
  2. Cut beef along the grain into thin strips, 1½–2 inches long. Then cut across the grain so you have thin strips that are 1½–2 inches long, ½ inch thick and 1⁄8 inch wide. Place beef in a bowl and stir in marinade ingredients. Marinate beef for 30 minutes.
  3. While beef is marinating, prepare vegetables. Cut capsicums into thin strips to match beef. Rinse fermented black beans in warm water to remove excess salt and chop finely.
  4. In a small bowl, combine beans with chopped garlic and ginger. In a small bowl, mix cornflour with water and stir into broth or stock. Heat wok and add 2 tbsp oil. When oil is hot, add half of the black bean, garlic and ginger mixture. Stir-fry briefly (about 30 seconds) and add beef. Stir-fry until beef is nearly cooked and remove from the wok.
  5. Heat wok and add 1½ tbsp oil. When oil is hot, add remaining half of the black bean mixture. Stir-fry briefly (about 30 seconds) and add capsicum strips. Stir-fry for about 2 minutes. Quickly stir the stock/corn starch mixture and pour into the wok. Add sugar. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed (add pepper at this point, if desired).
  6. Return beef to the wok and stir well, until sauce has thickened and beef is cooked.
  7. Serve hot.

About Ryan’s Grocery

Ryan’s Grocery is Singapore’s only full-service organic butchery and allergen-friendly specialist grocery store. The company’s journey began in July 2015 when founders Sebastian and Wendy Chia learnt of their son’s – Ryan – intolerance to gluten, dairy, nuts, soy, egg, and yeast. They searched local markets for products and produce, and even made personal trips internationally to look for a range of dietary items to support his needs.

It was then they saw a demand for such a specialty online grocery and Ryan’s Grocery was born. Ryan’s Grocery now services the local community, discerning shoppers and those with dietary intolerances with an all-inclusive range of organic meats from our specialty butchery, gluten-free products, and other related items with grocery delivery options.

In December 2019, the brand launched its first overseas flagship store in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Its flagship outlet in Singapore with ‘Ryan’s Grocery’ and ‘Ryan’s Kitchen’ opened in Great World in December 2020, spanning a total of 4,200 sq ft. In 2022, Ryan’s Grocery was awarded “Gourmet Retailer of the Year” and “Best Meat & Seafood Retailer” in Singapore by World Gourmet Summit & Tatler Asia respectively.

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