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 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Meats
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    3                    Serrano chilies
      1/4   c            White vinegar
    1 1/2   lb           Flank steak
      1/4   lb           Red onion -- sliced
    4                    Green onions
      1/4   c            Lime juice -- PLUS:
    1       tb           Lime juice
    2       tb           Fish sauce
    1       t            Ground roasted chilies *
    2       tb           Ground toasted rice **
                         Red lettuce leaves
                         Coriander sprigs
                         Mint or Basil leaves
   1.  Remove the stems, but not the seedes, from the chilies.  Slice the
   chiles crosswise into pieces 1/8 thick.  Place the sliced chiles and
   vinegar in a small serving bowl.  Let it stand for at least 15 minutes.
   2.  Grill the beef to the desired doneness, preferably over charcoal. Slice
   it across the grain into strips 1/8 thick and 1 to 2 inches long. Put
   these in a large ceramic bowl.
   3.  Peel the red onion, remove the root portion, and slice the onion
   vertically into thin strips.  Slice the green onion diagonally into thin
   pieces.  Add both types of onion to the beef.
   4.  Add the lime juice, fish sauce, ground chilies, and ground rice. Mix
   5.  Arrange a single layer of lettuce leaves on a serving platter, and
   place th beef mixture on top.  Garnish with sprigs of coriander and mint or
   basil leaves.
   6.  Serve at room temperature, the vinegar sauce (from Step 1) and rice.
   *  Use small hot chilies about 3 to 4 inches long.  Roast whole chillie
   stems and all, in a dry wok or skillet until the color changes to dark red
   or brown depending on the chilies used.  Be careful not to let them burn.
   When the chilies have cooled, remove the stems and seeds.  Place the
   chilies in a food processor or blender and grind using short pulses.
   Pre-ground chilies are also commercially available, but often lack the
   “bite” of home ground ones and may be more expensive.
   ** Place uncooked rice in a dry wok or skillet and heat over moderate heat
   until deep golden brown,s tirring frequently to keep from burning and to
   allow it to develop a uniform color.  Watch the rice carefully after it
   begins to change colorand stir constantly because it can burn easily at
   this stage.  When it is auniform deep golden color, remove from heat and
   allow to cool to room temperature.  Grind it to a fine powder in a blender
   or a spice grinder.  This can be made in advance and kept in quantity so
   that there is always a supply on hand, but it is also easy to make up while
   preparing the dish.
   Source:  “Thai Home-Cooking from Kamolmal’s Kitchen”,
   :        by William Crawford and Kamolmal Pootaraksa.
   :        ISBN 0-453-00494-6.
   From: nell@is.rice.edu (Paula Gaynell Warnes)
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