Vietnamese Grilled Lemongrass Beef – tangy delicacy seared beef, tender and fragrant with smoky char from the grill.
By Shannon Lim
Vietnamese cuisine has a feel and a rhythm of its own. A sublime tone of delicious, delicate, calmly satisfying flavors, whether in their soothing Pho soup or these pretty rice paper wrap rolls. Years ago, a Vietnamese friend came for a visit and her mom prepared us an unforgettable Vietnamese meal. One of the dishes she made is the easy mouth-watering Grilled Lemongrass Beef that can be made into 3 signature Vietnamese dishes in a jiffy.
In Vietnamese homes, these tangy delicacy of seared beef are grilled at the table over a clay charcoal stove. They were tender and fragrant with a little bit of smoky char from the grill. No worries if you do not have a grill. The marinated meat is also great grilled on toaster oven or pan seared in a pan. The whiff of lemongrass from the grill is simply irresistable!
If you are not a fan of beef, this lemongrass marinate works amazingly with chicken and pork as well. These beef strips is great as appetiser by itself or served with a plate of steamed rice.
Or as a topping for cold noodles named Bun (dry rice vermicelli in Vietnamese dipping sauce). This dish is a signature dish of Vietnam. It’s so versatile and easy to prepare, the savory grilled lemongrass beef with refreshing herbs and vermicelli is refreshing and appetizing. It’s not only tasty, but very healthy and comes with all sorts of vegetables and herbs. This is a noodle dish that is both filling and satisfying.
Or can be served in Rice Paper Roll. If you’ve never wrapped with Vietnamese rice paper, don’t be daunted. Wrapping rice paper rolls is like making a spring roll or burrito and you don’t have to make it perfect.
Whether it’s dining with family or having friends over, rice paper roll DIY makes a fun social activity at the dining table. Place salad, beef, rice paper, and dipping sauce on the table. Prepare a few deep plates or large bowl deep enough to drip the rice paper in, filled them with hot water. Invite guests to dip the edge of the rice paper in the water and turn to wet evenly. Place the salad and beef and roll up like a spring roll.Print
Shannon's kitchen is her playground and creative outlet, where she loves to experiment with recipes. As a Malaysian, her food influences are mainly Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisine but her curiousity in other culture lead to cross cultural cooking. On her blog JustAsDelish.com, she pursue her mission in creating healthy and delish food.