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Big Bowl Thai Basil Beef
THAI BASIL BEEF
The Big Bowl Restaurant Recipe
2/3 cup coconut milk
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
3/4 pound flank steak, thinly sliced across the grain
2 teaspoons dark soy sauce
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 cups peanut oil
1/2 cup finely sliced red onion
1/4 cup red chile pepper, julienne cut
1/3 cup chicken stock
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup tightly packed basil leaves
juice of 1/4 large lime
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper for garnish
cilantro leaves for garnish
Simmer the coconut milk in a stainless steel pan for 5 minutes. Add the ginger and continue simmering until it reduces to 1/2 cup. Stir in the fish sauce and turn off the heat.
Marinate the beef in the dark soy sauce, cornstarch, and sesame oil for 30 minutes.
Heat 2 cups of peanut oil in a pot or wok until hot and not smoking. Add the beef and cook, separating the sliced, until the meat starts to change color but remains rare. Remove and drain, reserving the oil.
Heat a clean wok or skillet to hot, add 3 tablespoons of the reserved oil, and when hot, add the red onion and chile, and stir until the onion turns translucent. Add the coconut milk and chicken stock, sprinkle in the salt and sugar, and brink to a simmer. Add the beef and cook, stirring, briefly. Add the basil, toss, and then add the fresh lime juice. Toss again and serve garnished with the pepper and fresh cilantro. Makes 2 servings.