Friday, April 16, 2010

grilled beef e-saan style : suea rong hai

Grilled Beef E-Saan Style :

In 2008, I did read in a magazine (Dichan) about a Thai lady who is now very successful being a famous Thai chef in Paris. Her restaurants are named “Thiou” & “Le Petit Thiou” after her name. Later, she was on a Telly telling her story ; about how she has become a successful chef in Paris. President Nicolas Sarkozy is one of her regular customers and to get a seat there you need to wait for a few months. To cut it short, she mentioned that her signature dish is “Grill Beef Esaan Style - aka “Suea Rong Hai” in Thai : (เสือร้องไห้).
Then, it got me thinking why I never once cook this dish? I mean it has never been in my head before. Its a great dish, very simple & easy dish too cook. Therefore, I started cooking it. The only main key to get a good dish is getting good quality meat. Then what you have to do is to cook it right. (You hardly can go wrong with this dish!)

Find below my very own recipe (Personally, I prefer cooking Beef this way.)
500 G. (½ Kilo) of Beef (Premium/Top Sirloin- “Wagyu” is highly recommended.)
Sea Salt
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Fresh Organic Herbs & Vegetables for Garnish (Mint, Sweet Basil Leaves, Coriander, Spring Onion, Cucumber, etc.,)

Dipping Sauce น้ำจิ้มแจ่ว
3 Tablespoons of Ground Roasted Rice
2 Tablespoons of Ground Chili
3-5 Tablespoons of Lime Juice
5 Tablespoons of Premium Fish Sauce
½ Cup of Shallots (Thinly Sliced)
¼ Cup of Spring Onion (Chopped)

Rub the steak with sea salt and ground black pepper. Set a cash-iron-skillet over medium-high to high-heat. Wait till it is becoming very hot. Then grill your beef to perfection. Taste is individual, I like mine cooked “medium rare”. Remove the steak and keep aside to rest. Prepare the dipping sauce by putting everything in a mixing bowl, stir gently to mix everything well. Test your dipping sauce and add more fish sauce and lime juice if needed. Slice the steak and serve with a cup of warm steamed (I prefer “black”) sticky rice, a cup of dipping sauce one the side and garnish with fresh vegetables. Now, any tigers will be very envious and start to cry!
Note : I know it is not fair not to give out an original recipe. Find below and an original E-saan Style recipe.
500 G. (½ Kilo) of Beef Sirloin
4-5 Tablespoons of Fish Sauce
½ Tablespoon of Palm Sugar
3 Teaspoons of Ground Chili
3 Tablespoons of Ground Roasted Rice 

Marinate the steak with fish sauce, palm sugar, ground roasted rice and chili. Keep in the refrigerator for at least 15 minute. Grill the steak with low heat till well cooked. Slice and serve with a cup of dipping sauce and sticky rice.

Serve : 2

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