Monday, April 21, 2008

Spicy Beef in Dark Soy Sauce

I was trying to surprise Carlos by grilling him a steak last week. I took out a piece of meat from the freezer thinking it was his rib eyes steak. I marinate it and grill it just in time for his dinner. He was so looking forward to his juicy steak until he took a bite out of it and told me 'Sweetie, this steak is so hard and tough as a leather' I was like how can that be. This is the steak we bought from Sam's Club. I took a bite and man it was really tough. I make a mistake by taking my chuck beef for my stew instead of his rib eyes. This shows how much I know about meat :) Poor Carlos had a sandwich for his dinner that evening. I felt so bad and make him his steak again the next evening and this time I used the right beef and it came out perfect. I think from now on I should not cut my stewing beef like the steak start labeling them before freezing it.

So what I did with that piece of cooked meat? I sliced it thinly and make a dish out of it the next day :)

Ingredients :

1/2 pound of lean beef - slice thinly
2 tsp of turmeric
3 tbsp of flour
1 red chili- slice thinly
1 green chili - slice thinly
1 onion - quartered
2 cloves of garlic - chopped
1 stalk of lemon grass - finely chopped
2 tbsp of sambal oelek or chili boh
2 tbsp of dark soy sauce
1 tsp of sugar
salt and pepper to taste

1) Mix the cut beef with turmeric power, salt and pepper and then lightly toss it with the flour.
2) Heat up some oil in pan and fry the beef until golden brown. Drain and remove oil from pan. Leave only about 2 tbsp of oil in pan.
3) Add in garlic, onions, lemongrass and stir fry until fragrant and lightly brown. Add in sambal oelek, dark soy sauce and stir fry of 10 second.
4) Add in beef and the cut chilies. Check seasoning. If the dish is too dry add in a few tablespoon of water. Stir until well mix and dish out.
5) Serve with warm rice.

Note : My beef was a bit dry because I already pre-cooked it before frying them. Beside that this dish tastes really good. If you find the sambal oelek too spicy you can always replaced it chili sauce.


Anonymous said...

Wah Carlos boleh makan pedas eh? Camna you ajar gert i always wonder how you met carlos.. bole citer sikit..:)

Unknown said...

wahhhh this must be tasty! yumm i love the smoky-ness and the dark tinge...must be so rich and tasty :)

Big Boys Oven said...

hahahah poor Carlos but I am sure he is happy what he gets the next evening. Nice dish!

Mulan said...

oucchh... drooling, droooolinggg... esp cheesecake tu..!!!

Anonymous said...

the beef looks yummy, goes very well with hot white rice..

- Kath

Yatie_T said...

Ohhhhh.... I have to try this. Thanks for posting on your blog. Since I can't find Sambal Oelek near my area and I can use chili sauce to replace it, I will also try making your Tofu salad. :) Thanks, again.
p/s: poor Carlos

Little Corner of Mine said...

What a great recycled dish! Turned out looking delicious!

ICook4Fun said...

Ummi, Carlos pandai makan pedas. Sometime lagi terror than me :) Oh nak tahu our love story. Nanti, kasi e.mail you or we can chat on MSN :)

Rita, it is very tasty :)

BBO, yeap he is a happy camper :)

Mulan, buat lah some for your family :)

Kath, it does go well with rice.

Yatie, are you sure you can't find sambal oelek. Is selling at every supermarket here at the international aisle. If you pakai cili sauce ia tak pedas.

LCOM, yeap never go to waste. Is our meal the next day

Salt N Turmeric said...

yesterday i made ikan masak kicap. macam janji2 lah pulak kita ye? hehe.

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test it comm said...

This spicy beef and peppers sounds nice and simple and tasty. I like the use of the lemon grass.

Cat Cat said...

Aha, must cook this for Robert. He likes beef... Something different for him instead of grilling aje everyday..

Beachlover said...

Poor Cralos but never mind he get something better the next day!.I also but a big pieces of roast beef.Have no idea what to cook yet.Mostly I stew wt carrot and potato but Elliot sudah boring.I know he dislike spicy but soy sauce?..hmmm..must ask him b4 I cook this dish for him.If not nobody will eat.

Zue Murphy said...

Gert, I usually buy my chuck beef already cut into pieces. It is easier to freeze and faster for me to cook them. I am glad you can still make something out of the beef. Your beef looks delicious.

Jun said...

Gert, i'm gonna try it wif chicken..coz i dont have any meat this week, hehe

ICook4Fun said...

Farina, we think alike yea :) :)

Kevin, simple and quick is my way of cooking :)

Cat, grill meat is tasteless at times. Try cooking this for him but he need to eat it with nasi putih baru sedap :) :)

Lesley, you don't have to put the chili if Elliot can't take it.

Zue, I usually cut my chuck beef ketul ketul but tak tahu pulak kenapa I cut this one in keping :)

Jun, let me know how it taste like with chicken :)

tigerfish said...

You are so sweet to re-make the man's steak for him again :)
A lot of spices you use for this yummy I bet.

Retno Prihadana said...

looks yummy Gert.

Anonymous said...

Gert, haiii..this one really inspired me..have to try this..ish ish..x sabar rasanya..

Aiyah Nonya said...

Poor Carlos.

I always label the meat in my freezer because I always can;t remember which is which.

Anyway the dish still looks good.

ICook4Fun said...

Tigerfish, I had to because I felt so bad :) :)

Retno, thank you.

Ummi, harap you suka this dish :)

Nonya, I am doing that now. Once its frozen I don't know which is which. To me everything look the same :)

Brilynn said...

This looks like a good save to me!