so I’ve always steared away from “fancy” Asian dishes cause I never had the right ingredients, or didn’t know where to find them and I have really awesome friends who are already mastering the food and just ate theirs 😍😍😍
I was meal planning last week and came across “Simply Thai Cooking” on my cookbook bookshelf ( which is alphabetized and full of dog eared pages 😜 – it’s an addiction, I know.)
Here it is with my alterations 😝
Thai Spicy Beef
10 oz beef flank steak
1/4 medium green pepper
1/4 medium red pepper
12 long Green beans
4 TBSP coconut oil
2 TBSP red curry paste
5 TBSP Coconut milk
2 lime leaves ( I got a huge bag of these at the Saint John market but you can pick them up at any Asian food store – you use them like bay leaves and OMG they change everything!!!! Go buy them! Now! )
1 small can of bamboo shoot strips ( you’ll find these by the water chestnuts in the international food section of your grocery store )
2 TBSP fish sauce ( same aisle as the shoots 😜 and totally worth having in your cooking tickle trunk )
20 fresh basil leaves ( sometimes hard to find but you can get the freeze dried or the stuff in the tube – just not as pretty 😝)
1. Slice the steak into thin strips 1/4inch thick – 2 inches long – no don’t take out the measuring tape
2. Cut the peppers into 1 inch cubes and trim ends on the green beans and chop into 1 inch pieces.
3. Heat oil in a wok ( or deep skillet ) on med high heat – add garlic and curry paste and stir for 45 sec ( sniff it…. Wow what a great smell ) add coconut milk and lime leaves. Stir for 1-2 min until it’s bubbling.
4. Add beef, shoots, peppers and beans and stir fry for 1 or 2 min. Add fish sauce and stir fry for 3-4 min till everything is cooked through. Add the basil and stir fry for 1 more min
Voila! Garnish with fresh basil or just get it in your belly! We served it over brown rice vermicelli noodles we get by the case off of Amazon ( for real- we got the amount by accident but sure glad we did!