THAI FLANK STEAK SALAD WITH MANGO SLAW AND PALM SUGAR

FLANK STEAK RUB

flank steak1.5 lb. piece

salt 2 tsp.

chile powder 2 tsp.

cumin, ground2 tbsp.

garlic, grated 4 cloves

ginger, grated1 thumb

galangal, grated½ thumb

coriander seed 2 tbsp.

lemons, grated 2

coriander leaf1 cup

cinnamon, ground1 tsp.

sichuan peppercorn1 tbsp.

star anise, ground4 stars

red pepper, filet only, mince1

onion, chopped1/2

mango powder1 tbsp

cloves, ground5 pc.

lemongrass, minced1 pc

1.Mix all dried spice rub ingredients together and add to a food processor with fresh ingredients and ground to paste. If too dry, add a few tbsp. of oil. Paste will store in airtight container for 2 weeks.

2.Using a tablespoon place 4 tbsp on the flank steak and mash in with the back of the spoon to coat evenly, making sure the entire surface of one side of the flank is covered.

3.Placed on a plate and cover with plastic wrap, place another plate on top to press and place in the fridge overnight.

4.Remove the flank from the fridge, cut into 4 – 6oz. portions and allow to come to room temperature.

5.Place a 12” cast iron skillet on high heat and add 1 tbsp. canola oil and 1 tbsp. sesame oil. When oil is hot add the 4 portions of flank steak and sear for 2 minutes, rub side down. Turn steaks over and sear 2 minutes more.

6.Remove steaks from pan and place in an aluminum foil wrap for 5 minutes, finish the plate while steaks are resting.

7.Place all the salad ingredients (except cashews) in a bowl with 2-3 tablespoons of the palm sugar ~ thai chile dressing (enough to coat) and arrange 4 handfuls of the salad in the centre of each of 4 plates.

8.Drizzle a little extra dressing around each plate to your liking.

9.Unwrap the steaks and slice each into 5 slices, making sure you cut across the flank steak grain. Arrange each portion in a fan presentation atop the mango salad and serve.

DRESSING

garlic cloves, minced10 cloves

thai red chiles, seeded, chopped fine4

palm sugar1½ cups

lime juice10 tbsp

sweet thai soy sauce2 tbsp

fish sauce4 tbsp

coriander¼ cup

1.Place the garlic, chiles, palm sugar and coriander in a large mortar and using the pestle, pound into a paste, making sure all pieces are broken up and incorporated

2.Add the lime juice, sweet soy and fish sauce and mix with pestle for 30 seconds until well incorporated.

3.When all is incorporated, place in fridge overnight to settle

4.When preparing the dish, remove from the fridge about 30 minutes prior to use.

YIELD: 2 cups [about 4-6 salads]

SALAD

manilla mango, peeled, chiffonade4 mangoes

bean sprouts3 cups

snow peas, sliced fine on a bias3 cups

red onions, halved and shaved on mandoline1 cup

fennel, halved and shaved on mandoline1 cup

toasted cashew nuts¼ cup

(YIELD: 4 SALADS)