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Sai-Gon Cube Steaks!

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Hi Folks:


I'd like to introduce to you a version of Vietnamese cube steaks, which they called as "Bò Lúc Lắc" (shaking beef if we translated it literally); This dish could be served as either appetizer or main dish.  It's very easy and fast to make and quite yummy to enjoy.


Ingredients: (for about 4 servings)


- 1.5-2 lbs ribeye steaks (cube cuts about 1" square)

- 1 tbsp garlic (mashed and chopped)

- 2 tbsp soy sauce (or Maggie sauce)

- 1/2 half red onion (lightly pickled in half strength vinegrette solution)

- 1 bundle of organic watercrest

- 2 tomatoes (slices)

- salt & pepper to taste

- olive or cooking oil

- a French baguette



Basic ingredients for Sai-Gon's cube steaks




* For pickle onion; we use 1 cup of water mix with 1/4 cup vinegar, a dash of salt + 1 tsp sugar, and we could enhance its aroma by add is some finely julien basics or Thai's Kaffir lime leaves (lime rind would also serve the same purpose). 



Pickled onion



* We could prepare a bed of watercrest or romaine heart lettuce and arrange slices of tomatoes for contrasting color and tastes.



* Lightly seasoned the cube steaks with about 1/2 tsp of kosher salt + 1/2 tsp cracked white or black people (finely ground pepper would not provide same taste) + 2 tbsp of olive or regular cooking oil + freshly chopped garlic (the more the merrier though)



* Use a large skillet, add in couple tbsp cooking oils @ very high heat (we would need hight BTU for basic quick stir fry technique), toss in 1/2 portion of the cube steaks, it should create a "flambe" effects, which we would need to enhance the aromas; we toss the cube steaks for about 1 minutes then add in 1 tbsp of soy sauce, continue for another minutes, it should be done.  Repeat the process with the other half.



*Place the cooked cube steaks on the arranged plate of lettuce or watercrest accordingly.



*Now, place the pickled onion on top of the meats and garnish it with a tip of basil or cilantro.  A wedge of fresh lime is also nicely accompanied this plate of cube steaks. Of course, it's served with the baguette.



I would need a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon to accompany this portion.



post #2 of 3

This looks so delicious! I bet, this is perfect with any red wine. :)

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Originally Posted by HomeMadeCook View Post

This looks so delicious! I bet, this is perfect with any red wine. :)



Certainly, I do like this dish a lot since it's fairly quick and simple to prepare; except that it would need high BTU gas stove to quick sear the cube steaks.   Other than that, it's really good.  Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir or the likes would pair it just fine.  Beer folks would also like it. :)

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