This hearty Thai Beef Salad combines the taste of succulent tender strips of sirloin steak, cucumber and red onion with hot red chillies and lime juice. It's a delightful and delicious Thai salad that could easily serve as the main meal.
2 Sirloin steaks (about 8 ounces each)
1 Lemongrass stalk (root trimmed)
1 Red Onion (thinly sliced)
1 Thai cucumber or half an English cucumber (thinly sliced)
3 Fresh red chillies (seeded and chopped)
2 limes (squeezed)
2 Tablespoons chopped scallion
2 Tablespoons of thinly sliced julienne butternut
2 Tablespoons of thinly sliced leek
1 Tablespoon *Nam Pla (fish paste)
Fresh cilantro leaves and watercress.
*Nam Pla is a fish sauce made from salted anchovies which are placed into wooden barrels for fermentation to occur. The sauce itself does not actually impart a fishy flavour, but it does accentuate the taste of food.
1) Pan fry the sirloin steaks for about 6 to 8 minutes or until medium-rare. Remove and allow to rest for about 10 to 15 minutes. Slice the steak into thin strips once cooled and place into a large bowl.
2) Cut off the lower 2 inches from the lemongrass stalk and chop finely.
3) Add the sliced cucumber, julienne butternut, red onion and leek as well as the chopped lemongrass, red chillies and scallion to the meat slices.
4) Add the Nam pla fish paste and lime juice, then toss the salad. Transfer to a serving plate or small individual bowls. Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled. Garnish with some fresh cilantro leaves and watercress.
Green Papaya Salad, also known as "som tam" is a popular salad enjoyed by many the world over. Add to the salad green beans, finely sliced carrots, diced tomatoes, peanuts and dried shrimp. Then top up with a nice tangy chilli lime dressing and enjoy.
Thai Chicken Stir Fry with crunchy veggies, cashew nuts and fresh basil is quick and simple to make. Couple this with brown rice and you'll have a tasty dish fit for a king or queen. Do it once and you'll be hooked over and over again.
Thai Barbecued Chicken marinated in your favourite sweet and sour sauce with added garlic and then grilled to perfection is a great way to enjoy a festive meal with family and friends. Easy to prepare and a tasty dish everyone will surely love.
Thai Chicken Soup with coconut milk and chillies is extremely easy to prepare, and once accomplished, you are complemented with a distinctive flavour that's simply Thai. The perfect balance of spicy, sweet and sour, that's sure to warm up any winter night.
Tom Yam Kung is arguably the most famous of all Thai soup recipes and has pretty much put this hot and spicy dish on the world map. It's easy to prepare with your favourite chicken or shrimp. It tastes great and it's good to eat.
Thai Fish Cakes are a common sight on the streets of Thailand. While salmon is widely utilised, you can easily prepare these cakes with any inexpensive white fish too. In many cases, they are more flavoursome than the western varieties.
Thai Spring Rolls are great as a snack, are easy to make and can be made with your favourite vegetables, including tofu, with baby shrimp or chicken breast. Complement this with a peanut or sweet chilli sauce.
Thai Style Fried Banana is a popular snack sold at street stalls and floating markets throughout Thailand. They're easy to prepare, but make sure you don't use overripe bananas. Fried bananas are excellent as a dessert and can be enjoyed both hot and cold.
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