Sweet Thai Crispy Beef and Coconut Rice

4:43 am on 25 October 2008

A Pinch of Salt by Paul Jobin (HarperCollins Publishers)

(Serves 6)


500g lean beef such as rump or topside shredded thinly
100ml peanut oil
50ml sesame oil
12 shallots, peeled and sliced thinly
6 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced thinly
½ cup raw sugar
½ cup mint leaves, chopped roughly
½ cup coriander leaves, chopped roughly150ml fish sauce
7 limes, juiced


Deep-fry the shallots and garlic in not-too-hot oil until golden, draining on absorbent paper.

Place all of the ingredients into a bowl, mix together and infuse in the fridge for 2 hours.

Drain the liquor and reserve.

In a smoking-hot wok, fry the beef quickly in small batches, keeping it raw in the middle. Put back into the liquor.

Coconut rice


2 cups jasmine rice, washed clear in a sieve
1½ cups coconut cream
1½ cups cold water
2 limes, rolled, cut and juiced


Place the washed rice into a thick-bottomed saucepan or rice cooker. Mix the coconut cream and water together and add to the rice. Stir to the boil, and turn the heat down to the lowest possible heat and cover the saucepan with a lid. Simmer the rice for 15 minutes, then remove from the heat, leaving the lid on, and rest for another 15 minutes.

Remove the lid, fluff up the rice and stir in the lime juice.

To Serve

Place a mound of warm coconut rice in the centre of the plate (we use a cookie cutter and press the rice into this). Spoon the beef around and top with a favourite relish such as mango or cucumber and serve.

For an extra touch, scatter over crushed peanuts or cashews, some coconut cream and crispy shallots.

Suggested wines to complement this recipe

Sauvignon Blanc
Fromm La Strada 2008
Askerne 2008

Pinot Noir
Fromm Brancott Valley 2006
Jackson Estate Vintage Widow 2007

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