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Thai Sun-Dried Beef, (Neua Dad Deo)


This recipe needs sun, and in Thailand that means a nice hot sun. But don’t despair... I made this in my oven on a low heat in the middle of a Sydney winter..


1 kg beef such as sirloin steak,

3/4 teaspoon coriander powder or 5 coriander roots
3 big cloves garlic
5 cm piece ginger greated
1 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 cup palm sugar
1/4 cup fish sauce
1/4 cup oyster sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce

3 cups vegetable oil for frying


Clean the beef, pat-dry then cut into slices about 1 cm thick, 10cm long. Put in a mixing bowl, set aside.

Pound the garlic, coriander,ginger and pepper in a mortar and pestle until it becomes a paste. Toss this paste thoroughly with the beef. Season with remaining ingredients. Leave to marinade in the fridge for 1 hour (or overnight).

Arrange the marinaded beef on a rack, set in strong sunshine for 2 hours. Turn the beef over after 2 hours, then set for another 2 hours to make sure both sides will get dry. (The Sydney winter sun is not that hot, so I put mine in a 80c deg oven)

Fry the sun-dried beef in hot oil on medium low heat for only 2-3 minutes until fragrant and cooked. Drain on paper towel. Serve with a side dish of sriracha sauce together with sticky rice.

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