Blog By Keva Doyle

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Asian Beef Salad

As I lay in bed watching Gordon Ramsay 15 minute meals one recipe really struck me and pretty much since Saturday I have craved noodles and anything with an Asian twist. Firstly I had to go and grab the ingredients I didn't have in my cupboard such as pickled ginger, alfalfa and five spice for this recipe. I headed straight to the Asian market on Drury street in Dublin. If you ever need anything for any Asian cuisine this is definitely the place to go.

Next thing to get was the beef which I picked up in Donnybrook fair, I know its expensive but the steak looked particularly good and as you only need one large piece of steak for this dish I decided I would splash out. Go hard or go Home as they say!



One of the best things about this dish is the prep time, none of the veg has to be cooked so it's only the steak and the noodle that needs cooking, which also means less clean up. All you need for the salad is fresh lettuce, alfalfa, thinly shredded asparagus, cucumber and some seasoning and you are ready to go.

One of the most important things to remember when cooking meat is that it needs to be taken out of the fridge in advance of cooking so it is at room temperature when it hits the pan. As it was my first time using five spice I used it quite sparingly on the steak, then a sprinkle of salt and pepper and a dash of good quality olive oil on the hot pan and you should be ready to go. What i love about watching cooking programmes is picking up tips and the tip I picked up was that you only need to cook the steak for 4 minutes in total, 1 minute on each side and then turn it every minute so that you get that evenly cooked perfection, well to what I like, it is no problem at all to let it cook on to whatever you fancy.

The noodle I also purchased in the Asian market it takes 3 minutes to cook and anyone could do it. The dressing is made up of pickled ginger, fish sauce, soya sauce, sesame oil with lime juice and lime zest, thrown into a bowl and mixed.

And voila the finished product, it can be either plonked in the middle of the table for a dinner party for everyone to tuck in or else it can be served up on a plate, probably a little more ladylike! I think I might try it with chicken next time and see how it works out.

This dish in four words words is easy, quick, tasty and healthy!

Enjoy and don't be afraid to try it yourself!

BB xx

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