Friday 2 January 2009

Thai-Style Beef Salad

After the excesses of Christmas, a light and fresh salad was needed. I ate more roast potatoes, roasted meats and cheese than ever this year, and I was really craving something spicy to waken those tastebuds again. I call this Thai-style as I used vegetables I found in the veg drawer which aren't strictly authentic, but all the flavourings of the dressing are definitely Thai.

Usually Thai beef salads use freshly cooked sirloin or rump steak; in my case, I had some lovely rare roast rib of beef to use up. I didn't want to cook it any further, say in cottage pie, as so much care was taken to ensure it was cooked pink and rare, so this salad was the best thing for it. The slices of beef were beautifully tender, and yet the dressing didn't overwhelm it's flavour.

Thai-Style Beef Salad

Serves one greedy person

200gr beef, cooked to rare (if using leftovers, make sure they're at room temperature)

1 large carrot, grated

A handful of green beans, cooked to al dente and cut to 2" lengths

A few sprigs of coriander, chopped roughly

1 stalk of spring onion, sliced on the diagonal

1 small clove of garlic, minced finely

The juice of half a lime

2 tbsp fish sauce

1 tsp sugar

A few roasted peanuts, bashed lightly

1 red chilli, finely sliced

In a bowl, combine the chilli, garlic, sugar, lime juice and fish sauce. Mix until the sugar has dissolved, and leave the flavours to mingle for 15 minutes. Slice whatever beef you're using into strips, and add this to the bowl. In goes the carrot, spring onion, green beans and coriander. Toss well to make sure all the ingredients get a coating in the dressing, and then place on a plate. Garnish with the peanuts.


Anonymous said...

Perfect post-xmas dish! I am with you on the excess this year. Ridiculous! I am trying to counteract it with chicken soup.


Anonymous said...

Great way to use up leftover beef. I know what you mean about craving spciy food too, as much as I love the traditions of Christmas food it can be a bit much after a while.

Anonymous said...

A gorgeous little salad for that beautifully cooked beef. I am craving spicy flavours myself, a kick start for the new year!

Amy said...

Oooh, lovely. I always order this when I go to YumYums but am going to attempt it at home I think. Happy new year!

Anonymous said...

Great, I fancy something light and zesty, too.

Anonymous said...

I'm just about to have lunch as I'm reading this and now my pasta does not seem so appealing anymore. I want thai beef salad!

Hollow Legs said...

Glad you all liked it - It's pretty easy to make and doesn't take long at all.

Anonymous said...

I'm lucky enough to live almost opposite a fantastic Thai restaurant and can sometimes persuade my parents to take me out for a lunch which involves a salad like this. The ones I had in Bangkok were less tastebud warming than taste bud removing(!) but I adore the basic idea behind it. I'm planning on blogging an altered som tam salad soon- have you tried those? It's similar to yours but with papaya and mango.