Beef, Lime & Asparagus Sauté

18 Apr

This is a Thai inspired stir fry of fresh spring asparagus with beef and kaffir lime leaves. Asparagus picked straight from the garden is superb stir fried, the quick fire cooking just brings out the flavour of the vegetable. You can use any crisp green vegetable such as green beans, mangetout or snap peas, asparagus, broccoli or chayote with equally good results.

Serves 2 Prep 15min Cook 15mins

  • 1 tbsp light vegetable or peanut oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 spring onions
  • 2-3 fresh hot red chillis
  • 150g beef steak
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce (optional)
  • 2-4 fresh lime leaves
  • 4 tbsp stock or water
  • asparagus, green beans, mangetout peas or other crisp green vegetables.
  • pinch of sugar

Prepare all the ingredients in advance, so they are ready because the cooking pace is very fast and hands on. For the rice noodles follow the instructions on the packet to cook, drain, then set aside until ready to use.
Slice the beef into very thin strips, add a dash of soy sauce and set aside. Finely chop the garlic, spring onion and chilli, slice the lime leaves very finely, cut the vegetable diagonally, measure out the liquid seasonings and set aside.
Heat a wok or large frying pan and when it is really hot add the oil and throw in the garlic, stir fry for one minute before adding the chilli and beef strips and stir fry for another minute or two. Add the vegetables and lime leaves and stir fry over a high heat for one minute then add the soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, and stock continue cooking for one or two minutes. Serve immediately on a bed of rice noodles or plain rice.

TIP if the rice noodles stick together run warm water through them and move around gently with your hands to loosen.
Recipe Source My pot Kaffir lime tree started to produce new soft growth and I thought it would be fun to experiment with cooking with the leaves. This recipe just emerged because I wanted to use the fresh flavours of Kaffir Lime leaves with the spring harvest of Asparagus which was in full swing.
18/4/2007:

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