Conflicted as I was, I had no problem eating this dish. I've recently discovered a great butcher & I swear whenever I cook a meal with his meat it is great, tender & full of flavour, so the simple dressing & bits & pieces of spring onions, shallots, coriander & the like lifted it to a fab weeknight dinner. By the way, when I'm cooking something like this which Chloe who is only 3 will not eat, even the mildest of chillies hurt her tongue, (dont worry will keep trying her until she is a chilli trooper like the rest of us!), to avoid cooking 2 meals, I just make some veg & salad on the side & give her the meat minus the dressing, she does love a good piece of steak too.
Anyhow, the recipe comes from Ben O'Donoghue's Ben's Barbecue, a book I recently acquired for free simply by purchasing 6 bottles of Penfolds wine in a recent Safeway promotion, having been known to enjoy the odd drop or two, this posed no problem I can tell you & hey presto, I have yet another cook book. This is the second recipe I've tried from the book & let me tell you, the first was a major disaster that I did manage to salavage, the recipe for foccacia, the mixture was so soggy it was like soup, I had to add about a ton of flour to achieve a dough & of course by then it was more like bread in the end & didnt in any way resemble what it was supposed to. On thinking about it but by no means being an expert I think the quantities were out, 1.5 litres of water to 1kg of flour all up, what does everyone else think? Anyway luckily no 2 was a winner so dont have to toss the book just yet. Will actually be using it next week for the Thai theme too, funny that I actually made Thai the week before for Tangy & now have to do it again, should really plan ahead a bit better.
Thai Beef Salad - Ben O'Donoghue - Ben's barbecue
2 bunches spring onions, washed, outer leaves removed, roots & tips trimmed
3 red chillies, finely sliced
10 Thai pink shallots, finely sliced
1 bunch coriander, washed & chopped
3 sticks lemongrass, peeled & thinly sliced
400g rump or sirloin steak
salt & freshly ground black pepper
juice of 3 limes
5 tablespoons fish sauce
Finely slice the spring onions on the diagonal and place in a bowl with the chillies, shallots, coriander & lemongrass.
Prepare your barbecue (or grill pan over the stove) for direct grilling over a high heat. Season the beef with a good amount of salt & pepper, then cook to your liking. I prefer a medium-well-done as I think you get a more flavourful salad. Allow the meat to rest while you dress the salad.
Squeeze the lime juice over the spring onion salad, followed by the fish sauce, then toss to combine. Slice the meat finely, removing the fat. Add to the salad & toss to combine, then serve.