Monday, March 24, 2008

Spicy Peanut Ginger Beef

1 lb thinly sliced beef
1 Serrano chilli, finely diced
1/2 cup ginger, sliced and chopped
6 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tbs Sambal
1 tbs soy sauce
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
vegetable oil for deep frying
Combine all ingredients except the beef into a marinade. Toss beef in marinade. Refrigerate 2 hours. Toss beef in a light batter of:
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 tbs vegetable oil
2 tbs chilli oil
2/3 cup water
Deep fry in 360F oil, separating slices as they’re dropped into the hot oil, until just cooked. Drain on paper towels. Heat oil to 400F and deep fry a second time, until crispy but still tender. Drain. Serve with peanut sauce.
for the sauce:
1 400ml can coconut milk
1 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup sweet chilli sauce
1 tsp Thai red curry paste
1 Serrano chilli, finely dices
3 tbs Sambal
2 tbs Mirin
2 tbs soy sauce
1 tbs finely diced ginger root
Combine in a medium pot over low heat until warm and melted together.

Where to find it: Mirin is a sweet, liquid, Asian cooking seasoning available, along with the Sambal and sweet chilli sauce, in Oriental markets or where Asian products are found.

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