Thai Style Beef Jerky

My kids go nuts over beef jerky, or heck any type of jerky for that matter. It almost sits on the fence of borderline ridiculous as if they have a bag of eat, they pretty much would devour the entire bag, and let’s face it, beef jerky is not that cheap. With that being said, I wanted to introduce them to a Thai style beef jerky that you often find in Asian markets, homemade to say the least. Thai style beef jerky, in my opinion, is a bit sweeter and is lightly coated with sesame seeds. Not only that but once dried, it is lightly fried giving it a wonderful chew. My kids don’t know it yet, but this stuff is a great game day snack and pairs perfectly with a cold beer. (Note, I don’t have the final photo as my kids pretty much devoured the entire batch. Regardless, you get the idea from the photos, I hope.)

Thai Style Beef Jerky Recipe
Thai Style Beef Jerky Recipe

Let’s get started.

  • 2 lbs of beef eye of round roast, or something lean
  • 1 head of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp Maggi seasoning
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • .5 oz of sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup canola oil

Start by trimming any fat away from the beef. Once removed, thinly slice the beef into about 1/8 inch slices, not too thin, but definitely not too thick. I find it best to lightly freeze the beef before slicing, and using a sharp knife as well.

To a mixing bowl, add the ginger, sugar, garlic, salt, Maggi seasoning, soy sauce, and sesame seeds. Add in the beef, and using both hands, mix really, really well. Wash those hands, cover with plastic wrap, and place in the refrigerator to marinate overnight.

The following day, preheat your oven to the lowest temperature. Mine only goes down to 170, and that is fine. You can also air dry this, laying the beef on your oven racks, and using a fan to constantly blow air on them. Or, you can use your food dehydrator if you have one. I don’t, but really, really want one.

Take your oven racks out. I used all three of mine, and lay the beef along the racks. Some of my cuts were shorter, others longer, but just make sure they are not touching one another, and that they lay on the rack. This can be a bit messy, so I laid paper towel on my counter to make cleaning up a bit easier.

Carefully place the racks back into the oven, and slowly cook these for about 3-5 hours on low and until they are the texture of beef jerky.

When you are ready to make them, after the jerky phase, heat a medium skillet on medium heat, adding the oil, and place however many pieces of jerky that can fit, into the heated oil, and lightly fry for a few minutes per side. Remove, place onto some paper towel, repeat, and then dig in.

My kids were so stoked, not only that there was almost an endless amount of jerky, but a new jerky at that. The sweetness from the sugar, and that balance of ginger and garlic really make this jerky a real winner. Hope you enjoy, and if you want to donate a dehydrator for me, that would be awesome! Kidding.

Mixed Bowl Ramen

I’ll admit it. I love ramen. The cheap bag of ramen that is pretty much in most everyone’s cupboard, office desk, or for me right now, on my desk. That great bag of Maruchan ramen, the one that costs less than fifty cents is good in itself and is a quick fix to feed the belly, but when you jazz it up a bit, well that ramen just gets so much better. So on a recent work from home day, I decided that I would make a bowl of ramen for brunch. The weird thing about working from home is that my routine gets jacked up. I start working much earlier, forget to eat breakfast, or lunch for that matter, and work much later. So this ramen did the trick during my ten o’clock lunch break.

Mixed Ramen Bowl Recipe
Mixed Ramen Bowl Recipe

This jazzed up ramen is so good and so easy to make that it will having you rethink that standard bag of ramen. A total upgrade in my opinion.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of Maruchan ramen (I used beef)
  • 1/2 package of ramen flavoring packet
  • 1 slice of American cheese
  • 1/2 jalapeno, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tbsp Furikake seasoning
  • 1/2 tbsp Frank’s RedHot sauce
  • 1 egg, 6 minute cook
  • water

Start by cooking your egg. Bring a small pot of water on medium-high heat. Add the egg, bring to a boil, then remove from the heat. Keep the egg in the pot for 6 minutes, then remove with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl of cold water.

Next, follow the instructions on your ramen package, and bring the noodles to a bowl. Add in half of the package of seasoning, and cook until the noodles are al dente. During this time, assemble your ramen bowl.

Mixed Ramen Bowl Ingredients
Mixed Ramen Bowl Ingredients

To the bottom of your bowl, add in the slice of American cheese, the furikake seasoning, and the RedHot. Pour in the noodles, and seasoned water, add the sliced jalapenos, and after peeling your egg, slice it in half and add to the top of the ramen.

Give the bottom a gentle mix and stir, and get your slurp on. The end result is this creamy, spicy, and punch of that awesome Japanese furikake seasoning, and that egg is just perfect on the cook time. Talk about an awesome brunch, that made my day just a little better. If you are looking to jazz up a standard bowl of ramen, give this one a shot, it’s well worth it. Hope you enjoy!

 

Vietnamese Green Nuoc Cham

I have bee tinkering with Vietnamese nuoc cham for some time now, tinkering with both a red version and a green version. The subtle difference between the two is the red uses sambal (which I totally love), and the green one does not. Both versions can be used in many different ways, but my preference for either one is to be used as a dressing, or dipping sauce for grilled meats, or spring rolls. There is something so addicting in both that when no one is looking, I will simply eat it by the spoonful.

Packed full of tart, sweet, and spicy ingredients, this sauce is one of my favorites. Hands down.

Vietnamese Green Nuoc Cham Recipe
Vietnamese Green Nuoc Cham Recipe

As with any nuoc cham, it uses fish sauce, so if you have never tried either, this is a great chance to stock up on some good fish sauce, a super ingredient for umami goodness.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of quality fish sauce (I like 3 crabs brand or Red Boat)
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 green Thai chili peppers, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp lemongrass, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 tbsp shallot, minced

Mix all of these ingredients in a bowl, and mix until you get that sugar dissolved. Give a taste. See? Flavor bomb!

You can keep this out at room temperature until you are ready to serve. This was used in fresh lettuce wraps, along with vermicelli noodles, and egg rolls, all wrapped in lettuce and drizzled with that sauce. My boys, and wife do not care for the sauce as it is a bit too spicy for them, but my daughter and I simply love it. This can be stored in the refrigerator, cover, for a few weeks, but my guess is that if you fall in love with this sauce, that it will not last that long. Hope you enjoy!

Pho Style Sandwich

Let me start by saying if I could eat Vietnamese pho for breakfast every day, I would. I’ve been making a big batch of pho about every month, or every other month now for some time. To me, making the pho is a day long, if not longer process to get a well infused pho stock. Everything from charring the onions and ginger, to skimming the muck from cooking all of the beef and pork bones, it is just something I love, and the aromatics are to die for. So with my most recent batch, and I made a big one at that thinking all of my kids would devour it (they didn’t), I was left with a bunch of beef, and stock left over. I was ‘pho’d’ out at that point in time, but I knew I needed to use up that beef and not let it go to waste. That’s when it occurred to me to bring the two things I loved eating and making it a pho style banh mi. Man was this ever great.

Pho Style Sandwich Recipe
Pho Style Sandwich Recipe

Let’s get started.

First, make a batch of pho, enjoy it, then with remaining leftovers make this sandwich.

  • 2 cups of thinly sliced flank steak, dipped in hot broth until cooked to your liking.
  • Vietnamese beef meatballs, cooked, sliced thinly
  • Fresh basil, to you liking
  • Fresh mint, to your liking
  • 2 slices of provolone cheese
  • 1 French baguette
  • light spread of mayonnaise
  • Sriracha, optional
  • Squeeze of lime juice
  • Thinly sliced serrano chili or jalapeno, optional
  • Small cup of pho stock, heated, optional

Take your French baguette and slice it lengthwise, but not all of the way through.

Lay down the provolone cheese on the bottom half, spread on the mayonnaise on the top half, and drizzle with Sriracha if you are using it. Lay down the thinly sliced chilies, the top with the cooked flank and meatballs. Top with Fresh mint and basil, then squeeze a bit of lime juice over the top.

Fold the sandwich, give it a good press, and dig in. This thing is everything you love about pho and a great banh mi, all in one bite. Did I mention dipping it into the pho broth? Holy moly, you talk about a homerun, this is it. So the next time you are making a batch of pho, think about leftovers, and making this excellent sandwich! Hope you enjoy!