Asian steak sandwiches
No not bread sarnies. These are slices of sticky, fragrant marinated steak, served wrapped in lettuce leaves.
|225g trimmed rump or sirloin steak|
|oil, for frying|
|10cm piece fresh cucumber, cut lengthways into matchsticks|
|2 spring onions, cut lengthways into shreds|
|2 tablespoons fresh coriander leaves|
|1 Iceberg lettuce (use the pliable leafy parts)|
|For the marinade:|
|2 stalks Blue Dragon whole lemongrass (from a jar), cur into 3 pieces|
|½ small red onion, peeled and halved|
|1 dessertspoon dark soft, brown sugar|
|2 jalapeno pepper, from a jar|
|1 tablespoon Thai fish sauce|
|1 dessertspoon each sesame oil and groundnut (or similar) oil|
|For the oriental dipping sauce:|
|1 clove garlic, peeled|
|1 piece jalapeno pepper, from a jar|
|1 dessertspoon dark soft brown sugar|
|1 tablespoon lime juice|
|2 tablespoons each rice vinegar and Thai fish sauce|
|green parts of 2 spring onions|
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Delia's How to Cheat at Cooking
Chop all the marinade ingredients in a mini-chopper, then empty them into a bowl.
Slice the steak across into thin strips, then add these to the bowl, pushing them down well into the marinade.
For the dipping sauce, mini-chop all the ingredients, give them a good burst, then pour into a bowl.
To cook the steak, heat a frying-pan lightly brushed with oil till very hot, then add the strips of steak.
Cook for 30 seconds, then flip them over with a fork and spoon (or tongs) and give them another 30 seconds before transferring to a warm serving dish.
To serve: roll up strips of steak, shredded spring onion, cucumber and coriander in the lettuce leaves, swirling them in the dipping sauce - and have plenty of paper napkins handy.
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Chopsticks at the ready: like all stir-fries, this flavourful recipe is quick and easy to make and is a great way to eke out a piece of steak for two people.
Although this is described as a casserole, it actually cooks in no time at all, producing a depth of flavour that's quite irresistible.
Teriyaki sauce may sound exotic but it's well worth trying: simply a mixture of soy, mirin, sake, sugar, ginger and garlic, these ingredients are used to marinate the steak, producing a tender, flavourful result.
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