Saturday, October 9, 2010

Vietnamese Steak Noodle Salad

1 lb rib-eye steak
3 Tbls soy sauce
6 Tbls lime juice
1/4 C fish sauce
2 tsp sugar
1 red jalapeno chile
rice noodles
2 medium shallots
2 Tbls flour
vegetable oil
1/4 C each fresh dill, basil, mint & cilantro

Marinate steak in soy sauce; broil until done to your taste (rare - well done). Let rest 5 minutes, then slice thinly.

Meanwhile, halve and thinly slice jalapeno. In a bowl mix lime juice, fish sauce, sugar and jalapeno chile.

Cook rice noodles.

Coarsely chop dill, basil, mint and cilantro. Toss gently to mix.

Slice shallots thinly; toss in flour to coat. Fry in vegetable oil until golden and crispy.

Spoon some lime-chile dressing over a serving of rice noodles; top with sliced steak and chopped greens. Garnish with fried shallots. Serve with remaining dressing.

The fish sauce is the only relatively unusual ingredient here - though if you try many Asian recipes you'll run into it frequently. It's not hard to find in the Asian section of well-stocked supermarkets. Same with the rice noodles.
You could substitute a small onion for the shallots. The basil, mint, dill and cilantro are much better if they're fresh greens, although if you had three of the four fresh, you could throw in some dried dill weed or basil and still get the mix of flavors.

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