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Salad of sautéed beef with cold rice noodles

Neil Perry
Neil Perry

The classic Vietnamese dipping sauce, nuoc cham, accompanies this zesty beef-based salad. When preparing the salad, cut the rump steak against the grain to make it more tender.

Salad of sauteed beef with cold rice noodles.
Salad of sauteed beef with cold rice noodles. Photo: William Meppem

Ingredients

500g trimmed rump steak

2 lemongrass stalks

3 tbsp fish sauce

½ tbsp caster sugar

400g dried rice vermicelli noodles

3 tbsp vegetable oil

2 eschalots, finely sliced

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

handful of bean sprouts

1 Lebanese cucumber, sliced into half-moons

handful of coriander leaves

handful of mint leaves

handful of Vietnamese mint leaves

¼ cup roasted peanuts, chopped

¼ cup fried shallots

For nuoc cham dressing (makes ¾ cup)

2 de-seeded long red chillies, chopped

1 clove garlic

1 tbsp palm sugar, grated

juice of 1 lime

¼ cup water

¼ cup fish sauce

1 tbsp rice wine vinegar

Method

CUT BEEF INTO THIN SLICES. Remove tops from the lemongrass stalks and discard. Finely slice the white and light green stalks. Combine 2 tbsp of fish sauce, sugar and half the lemongrass in a bowl. Add beef slices to bowl, stir and leave to marinate for 10-15 minutes.

IN A POT, BOIL ENOUGH WATER to cover the noodles. Turn off heat and immerse rice noodles for 3-7 minutes until noodles are soft, cooked through but still firm, not mushy. Rinse the noodles under cold water for 30 seconds, then place them in cold water in the fridge until you are ready to assemble the dish.

FOR THE NUOC CHAM dressing, pound chilli and garlic in a mortar with a pestle to form a paste; add the palm sugar and pound together. Stir in other liquids slowly until they are completely incorporated. Check the balance of seasoning: it should be salty, sweet and sour.

HEAT THE OIL in a wok over a very high heat and add the eschalot, garlic and remaining lemongrass. Stir-fry briefly, then throw in the beef, allowing it to char and develop a smoky flavour. Add remaining fish sauce, then remove from the heat.

DRAIN THE NOODLES well, share over four bowls and top with bean sprouts, cucumber and most of the herbs. Add beef to the bowls and dress with nuoc cham. Garnish with remaining herbs, peanuts and fried shallots.

Main ingredient:
Beef, Fresh herbs
Cuisine:
Vietnamese
Course:
Dinner, Lunch, Starter/Entree
Occasion:
Dinner Party, Family meals, Midweek dinner

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