Recipe from Adam Liaw’s Asian Cookery School by Adam Liaw with photography by Steve Brown- published by Hachette Australia rrp$49.99
Thit bo xao sa ot
SERVES 4 PREPARATION TIME 10 MINS COOKING TIME 10 MINS
Frying meat in a wok is easy, provided you follow three simple rules – cut the meat thinly,
brown it well and, of course, the cardinal rule, never overcrowd the wok. This is one of my
favourite Vietnamese dishes and because there are no vegetables to worry about, you
can just focus on getting the flavour of the wok-cooked meat just right.
¼ cup peanut oil
500g rump steak, sirloin or flank, very
1 small brown onion, peeled and sliced
2 stalks lemongrass, tender white part
3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 large red chilli, sliced diagonally
2 tbsp fish sauce
1½ tsp sugar
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 Heat a wok over very high heat until smoking, add half
the oil and fry the beef in batches until well browned all
over then remove from the wok.
2 Add the remaining oil to the wok and fry the onion,
lemongrass, garlic and chilli until the onions are softened
and the ingredients are fragrant and starting to brown.
Return the beef to the wok and toss with the fi sh sauce,
sugar and black pepper for about 2 minutes. Remove from
the wok and allow to rest for a minute before serving.
If you use the woody parts of the lemongrass or don’t cut it into small
enough pieces, the dish will have a gritty texture. If the lemongrass is
especially woody, whizz it in a food processor instead of chopping it.
Fry the beef with the lemongrass mixture for a minute before adding the
fish sauce. This will help brown the meat and caramelise the lemongrass
for good wok hei.
Taste any wok-fried dish before you finish cooking so you can adjust
seasoning to suit your tastes.” p.85
Cooked by Carol:
This meal was delicious, easy to make and I think I loved the spinach in sesame dressing the best – I will make this again.