Spicy Beef Salad
March 6th, 2009. Posted by luane
This Thai classic is so easy to put together. Look for balance with the Nam Jim dressing, if you like it really hot, dial up the other flavours so you get the heat with the complexity. Most importantly, keep this very fresh tasting.
200g beef fillet
1 Spanish onion, finely sliced
1 small handful coriander (cilantro) leaves
1 small butter lettuce, leaves separated
a pinch of ground roast rice (lightly toasted Jasmine rice, ground in a mortar with a pestle)
freshly ground black pepper
1 handful Thai basil leaves, finely shredded
Marinade for beef:
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon palm sugar (jaggery)
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 lemongrass stalk, tough outer leaves removed, chopped
1 long red chilli, deseeded and chopped
2 small wild green chillies, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon caster (superfine) sugar
2 tablespoons fish sauce
juice 3 limes
To make the marinade, mix together the oyster sauce, fish sauce, sugar and sesame oil. Add the beef and refrigerate overnight to marinate. Remove from the fridge 2 hours before cooking.
To make the dressing, pound the lemongrass, chillies, garlic and sugar in a mortar with a pestle to form a fine paste. Mix the fish sauce and lime juice together and taste for balance.
Heat a grill or barbecue to hot, and cook the beef for about 2 minutes on each side until it forms a good even crust. Remove from the heat and rest in a warm place for 10 minutes. Slice the beef thickly across the grain. Toss the beef, onion and coriander leaves with some of the dressing.
Arrange the lettuce and beef on a serving plate and drizzle with any remaining dressing. Sprinkle with the ground roast rice, give it a good grind of black pepper and top with shredded Thai basil.