Saturday, February 23, 2013

Asian Beef in Lettuce Cups

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Hi all, yours truly has been very lazy since Chinese New Year and all. Sadly, it was not because I was busy with baking or cooking a banquet, truth be told, it was that damn CANDY CRUSH game on Facebook. I was hooked, lined but I sunk, coz I totally suck at it and I gave up! So hopefully, I shall return to my blogging soon as.

This recipe is a very easy and tasty meal to prepare, adapted form the sang chow bow, instead of mince, all you need is some premium beef steak, a lettuce head and some marinades that can be easily found in your pantry. I shall have you eating these, in no time at all, with your fingers, hooking into the beef wrapped in lettuce. It is basically like an Asian Beef Tacos ;) so it can get very messy! I put my lettuce cup in a bowl so I can show off my Japanese bowl, isn't it pretty?

Number of serving: 1 steak per person, you can have as many you want. There are no rules in my kitchen! For this post, the marinades are for one steak, increase the amount of ingredients accordingly to your number of servings.

Ingredients
  • One Iceberg lettuce head
  • One prime rump cut steak or porterhouse with fat trimmed off
  • 2 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon sweet soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder. ( I normally used Indian chilli powder or Thai brand, extremely hot)
  • A dash of grounded black peppercorns
  • A sprinkle of salt to taste - optional
  • A drop of sesame oil for flavour, and to tease your senses!
  • Coriander leaves for garnish.
  • Chopped peanuts or sesame seeds for garnish, whatever you can find in your pantry.
Method
  • Wash the lettuce head in salty water, this will remove all alien inhabitants. Rinse well.
  • Break off lettuce cups and pat dry, taking care not to break or damage any cups.
  • Set aside in bowls or plates.
  • Marinade steak/s in the ingredients. (soy, garlic, hoisin, black pepper, salt- optional)
  • Leave marinated steak alone for half hour.
  • Break out the skillet from your cupboard and put her on high heat on the stove, once the skillet is hot enough, put the steak on, a few minutes each side, just to seal off the steak, if you like your steak rare. Or you could barbeque the steaks and sliced them after.
  • Once your steak is cooked, rare, medium or done (urgh!), you'll need to slice it and put them into the lettuce cups.
  • Dress them up with your garnish of choice, whatever you can find in your pantry. Your kitchen, no rules.....it can be those packets of crispy fried noodle snacks, or crushed peanuts or roasted sesame seeds and a sprig of coriander leaves to make it pretty!

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