Quick recipe finder Yunnanese seared beef with mint, fermented chilli bean, lime and lemongrass dressing
Yunnanese food is a variant of Chinese cuisine which often uses fermented beancurds. Serve with a simple salad or stir-fried vegetables.
- 300g/10½oz well-marbled, dry-aged rib-eye beef
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 100g/3½oz butter
- 5cm/2in piece cucumber, peeled and chopped into bite-sized pieces
- 12 mint leaves, deep-fried, plus 8 fresh mint leaves to garnish
- salt and white pepper
For the dressing
- 2 tbsp white rice vinegar
- 2 tbsp clear honey
- 1 tsp chopped lemongrass
- pinch salt
- pinch white pepper
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tsp fermented chilli bean paste
Heat a dry, heavy-based frying pan until extremely hot. Rub the beef with the oil, season with salt and pepper and sear on both sides until you have a brown crust. Add the butter to the pan and baste the beef with the melted butter for 1-5 minutes, depending on how well-done you like your beef. Remove the beef from the pan and leave to rest for 10 minutes.
For the dressing, combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and warm gently.
Slice the beef into thin slices and pour over the dressing, then scatter over the cucumber pieces and the deep fried mint leaves. To finish, scrunch up the fresh mint leaves in your hand to release the aroma and scatter them over the beef.
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