NEUA PAD PRIK (chile beef)
1 pound lean beef, cut into thin strips 1 X 2 inches
a one-inch chunk of ginger, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp soy sauce
4 tbsp oil (canola, etc)
1 bell pepper cut into 1 x 1-inch pieces
1 white onion cut lengthwise into slivers
4 dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked, stems removed and sliced
4 serrano or 8 "bird" (thai) or 2 jalapeno chiles, sliced
1/2 cup beef stock
1 tbsp cornstarch mixed in 2 tbsp water
2 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tbsp fish sauce
Combine beef slices, sugar, ginger, garlic and soy in a glass or
ceramic bowl. Mix well and marinate 1 hour or longer.
Heat oil in a wok. Drain beef; set marinade aside. Stir-fry beef
in oil until done. Add bell pepper, mushrooms, onion and chiles.
Stir-fry for a minute or two. Add marinade and beef stock. Reduce
heat, cook 3 minutes, stir in cornstarch, oyster and fish sauces.
Serve with rice.
Note: other veggies of your choice can be added with the bell
peppers; sprouts, canned baby corn, broccoli, carrots, whatever's
fresh and at hand.