Shaken beef & watercress salad


While The Astronomer desires nothing more than a hunk of grilled lemongrass pork atop his bún (vermicelli rice noodles), I’ve got a soft spot for stir-fried steak, a dinnertime staple at my house growing up. Pork is almost always my protein of choice, but beef gets a slight edge here for its intrinsic juiciness, ease of preparation, and sweet onion companions. The way the meat’s drippings mingle with the marinade và the nước chấm (Vietnamese dipping sauce) gets me every time. You bet your boots I pick up my bowl và slurp up every last drop.

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To ensure that the beef is cooked through and the onions are caramelized evenly, I prefer to prepare this dish in smaller batches. The beef khổng lồ onion ratio can be altered depending on personal preferences. My family tends khổng lồ go heavy on the onions, about 1.5 onions for every 1 pound of meat. Any uncooked meat can be stored in the refrigerator for up khổng lồ 5 days & in the freezer for a few months.

While I love thịt trườn xào hành tây best served over vermicelli rice noodles with fresh herbs, lettuce, cucumbers, pickled carrots and daikon, toasted peanuts, scallion oil, and ladles of nước chấm, it also tastes stupendous served simply over steamed jasmine rice.

3 large shallots, finely minced5 garlic cloves, finely minced3/4 cup finely minced lemongrass3 tablespoons trắng sesame seeds1 tablespoon sugar1 tablespoon salt, plus additional for stir frying1 tablespoon đen pepper1 teaspoon MSG (optional)3 tablespoons fish sauce, plus additional for stir frying3 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus additional for stir frying


Combine all ingredients from flank steak through vegetable oil in a large bowl. Using your hands, mát xa the mixture lớn make sure that the marinade is evenly distributed & coats every slice of meat. Allow the meat to lớn soak in the marinade overnight or for up to lớn 24 hours.

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In a large wok or non-stick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil over medium-high heat for 1 minute. địa chỉ onions along with a light sprinkling of salt, and saute until desired doneness is achieved, about 5 lớn 10 minutes. Some people may prefer onions with a little bite, but I lượt thích mine cooked through and lightly caramelized.


Add meat và saute until cooked through, about 2 minutes. If the meat tastes under-seasoned at this point, add in a few splashes of fish sauce. Remove from heat và serve immediately.


Serve thịt bò Xào hành tây simply over steamed jasmine rice or a little more extravagantly over vermicelli rice noodles with all the fixings.