Milk Street, the more adventuresome offshoot of Cook’s Illustrated, is now one of our favorite resources for new and unusual taste profiles.
This recipe for Vietnamese Shaking Beef or Bò Lúc Låc is from a June, 2018 email we received from the folks at Milk Street. A Milk Street paper subscription will get you 6 magazines a year and an email recipe each month or so. If you want all the recipes in a digitized format you need a digital subscription which costs a bit more. It is a bit frustrating for those who like to cook, but understandable that Milk Street doesn’t want its recipes easily shared FOR FREE in cyberspace.
This is a delightful Asian stir-fried beef recipe. We are using the sirloin tips which are also called flap meat. Flap meat is now available at Whole Foods and is ideal for this recipe. Make sure that you don’t cut the meat (across the grain please!) in too small a pieces or it will be overcooked.
Vietnamese Shaking Beef from Milk Street
- 1 1/2 pounds beef sirloin tips or tri-tip trimmed, patted dry and cut into 1 1/4" cubes
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce divided
- 5 tablespoons lime juice divided, plus lime wedges to serve
- 3 tablespoons fish sauce
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 2 tablespoons grapeseed or other neutral oil divided
- 8 medium garlic cloves finely chopped
- 1 small onion sliced 1/4" thick
- 1 bunch watercress stemmed
- In a medium bowl, combine the beef, 2 tablespoons soy sauce and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Toss to combine and set aside. In a small bowl, stir together 4 tablespoons of the lime juice, the fish sauce, sugar and remaining 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
- In a 12-inch skilled over medium-high, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil until beginning to smoke. Swirl to coat the pan, then add the beef in a single layer. Cook without stirring until well browned about 1 1/2 minutes. Flip each piece and cook until the second sides are well browned, about another 1 1/2 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl.
- To the same skillet, add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, the garlic and 1 teaspoon pepper. Cook over low, stirring constantly, until fragrant and the garlic is no longer raw, about 30 seconds. Pour in the lime juice mixture and any accumulated meat juices, increase to medium-high and cook, stirring constantly, until the liquid is syrupy, and a spoon leaves a trail when dragged across the skillet, 2 to 4 minutes.
- Add the beef and cook, stirring and scraping up any browned bits, until the sauce clings lightly to the meat, about 2 minutes. Add the onion and stir until slightly softened, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat.
- In a medium bowl, toss the watercress with the remaining 1 tablespoon lime juice and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Make a bed of the watercress on a serving platter. Top with the beef mixture and its juices. Serve with lime wedges.