What’s For Dinner?
Surin's Spicy Beef Salad
(First star is lowest, fourth star is highest)
FROM THE MENU OF . . . SURIN OF THAILAND
810 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta
Q: My family is passionate about Thai food, which we eat at every opportunity and at every Thai restaurant we can find. The Spicy Beef Salad at Surin of Thailand is our very favorite Thai dish. Any chance you could publish the recipe?
KATHLEEN BARBER, Atlanta
A: The best thing about Thai beef salad, in manager Chai Choomuang's opinion, is the beer. "It's a very simple dish, " he explained. "You order it when you want something light, something lean, something with your beer or with wine. For me it's like an everyday food to enjoy while talking with friends."
Unfortunately for fans of Surin's version, the key ingredient is a roasted chili and garlic sauce that is made in-house. Home chefs will have to settle for the bottled paste sold in the Asian food section of grocery stores.
Hands on time: 20 minutes Total time: 25 minutes Serves: 2
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon prepared roasted red chili paste
1 pound flank steak
1 small cucumber, peeled, quartered lengthwise, seeded and julienned
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 tomato, sliced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
Arrange the cucumber, onion, tomato, cilantro and green onion in a bowl. Top with the grilled steak and sauce.