Branching out

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.)

So I decided to make the Nuer Phad Phed AKA Thai Spicy Beef 

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!  

A case of 12 for 16$ and free shipping – they are fab! 
Click a pic and let me know how yA like this! 


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