Prep 25 mins
Cook 1 hr 20 mins
A recipe from cambodian restaurant "Elephant Walk", spicy with a slight sweetness to it.
- 2 lbs boneless top round beef, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
- 1⁄2 cup peeled thinly sliced gingerroot (about 2 ounces)
- 3 dried New Mexico chiles, soaked, seeded and deveined
- 3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
- 1 large shallot, coarsely chopped
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon mushroom soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup green coconut juice
- 1⁄4 cup tamarind juice
- fresh cilantro stem, for garnish
- cucumber, slices
- Put the beef in a medium bowl. Grind the ginger slices with a mortar and pestle, adding them a few at a time until you have extracted most of the juice, or use a mini-chop to make a wet paste. Squeeze the juice from the fibers (you should have 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons) and stir it into the beef; discard the ginger solids. Let the beef marinate for at least 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, make the paste: Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the paste and cook, stirring occasionally, until the flavors are released, about 2 minutes. Stir in the beef, sugar, fish sauce, soy sauce, salt, pepper and broth. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer, partially covered, until the liquid is reduced by half, about 40 minutes.
- Add the coconut and tamarind juices and cook for another 20 minutes. If the sauce is too thin at this point, increase the heat and reduce further; the sauce should be fairly thick.
- Garnish with cilantro sprigs and serve with cucumber slices and rice.
What a superb combination of flavors -- a little spicy, full of coconut sweetness, mixed with the tangy/tart flavor of tamarind. I love trying recipes that are different than anything I've made before, and this did not disappoint. I would advise using only 1/2 the amount of oil, however, since there was a quite a bit of oil bubbling on the top of the stew. Besides that, it was perfect!