The French influence in this beef casserole is readily apparent; take a classic pot au feu and flavour it with Vietnamese spices and herbs. Black cardamom is not essential but it does add a smoky, astringent element to the stew. This can also be a made-ahead dish and one that improves on sitting for a day or so before eating.
Recipe Tag: beef
Stir-frying beef is fast and economical. I used tri-tip here, but rump, skirt, flat iron, sirloin or Scotch fillet could be used in its place. Usually I’ll trim off any silver skin, then put the beef into the freezer
for 30-60 minutes. This helps with slicing the beef thinly. Any seasonal vegetables could be added here – I tend to quickly blanch vegetables that take a longer time to cook such as broccoli and cauliflower to make cooking in the wok faster.
I normally use citrus zest, salt, oil, garlic and fresh herbs to marinate meat. But I think beef can handle a little dried spice too, and it’s great with a little crust on the barbeque. I started using Kaitaia Fire chillies about six years ago and have never looked back. Their cayenne is so light and flaky and super hot! We use secondary cuts in the restaurant as a reminder that there is a whole load of meat on a cow not just a fillet and sirloin. These cuts also work really well on the barbecue because of their marbled fat and texture.
While tongue takes a long time to cook, it doesn’t need any attention and can be cooked a few days in advance. This is also good cooked in the slow cooker if you have one. These tostadas are also great as finger food , just top your favourite corn chips with the tongue and salsa just before serving.
I often keep a batch of this strained stock in the freezer – by adding fresh ingredients each time and enough water to bring the stock up to 3 litres, the flavour becomes more nuanced.