Vietnamese Beef Wraps

5 Jun

This is great summer food great for eating outsdoors. Marinated char grilled beef is served with plain rice noodles, dipping sauce, a vietnamese salad of fresh herbs and raw vegetables and lettuce leaves for wrapping. We ate something like this is in a restaurant in Aix-en-Provence and I was inspired to make our own version of it at home. It was served with rice pancake wrappers, but I wanted to use our large crisp lettuce leaves. Set all the ingredients out on the table, with a Vietnamese dipping sauce, and let dinners do the work, its great fun and very tasty.

Serves 2
1 medium to large fillet steak
Marinade
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp sugar
1 spring onions finely sliced
1/2 tsp grated ginger
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted and lightly crushed (optional)
Raw vegetables choose any of the following: cucumbers, mangetout or carrots julienne, beansprouts, shredded lettuce, thinly sliced spring onions or shallots
Lettuce Leaf Wraps Chose nice clean large lettuce leaves iceberg, cos or romaine work well.
Aromatic leaves a mixture of any: fresh mint, coriander, Thai basil, laksa leaf, rocket or mizuna.
Rice Noodles 1 portion
Dipping Sauce make up a batch of Vietnamese dipping sauce

Slice the beef across the gain in very thin strips and put into a bowl with all the marinade ingredients mix well and set aside for at least 2 hours for the flavours to infuse.
Soak thin rice noodles in boiling water for 5-10minutes until they are soft. Drain and set aside to cool meanwhile prepare the rest of the ingredients. Prepare the raw ingredients, lettuces and aromatic leaves and set out on a serving plate with the noodles.
To serve cook the beef at the last minute by throwing into a very, very hot wok, griddle or plancha and cook very fast until browned, it should just take a minute or two, then lay over the rice noodles or alternatively use a table top cooker for dinners to cook for the meat for themselves as in the restaurant.

To make a wrap place a little of each ingredient on the inside of the wide end of the lettuce leaf and gently roll up into the small end to make a fat cigar shape. Dip into the sauce and munch.

Variation
Use rice pancakes as wrapping. These are bought dry and soaked in warm water until soft. Wrapped with a rice wrapper these make great picnic food.
original post Mas du Diable 5/6/2007

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