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Crying Tiger Beef, 'Seua Rong Hai'

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We love the flavor of flank steak, oddly one of the least expensive cuts. On a 900 lb black angus steer, you'll be lucky to get just two decent flank steaks, yet you can find this rare cut in good butcher shops for a price lower than more common steaks. Some people say flank is tougher, thus the lower price. We think flank offers the most delicious flavor, and it's a perfect match for spicy Thai food.

Flank is the perfect choice for the Tao Burner. We had fun cooking two flanks over just a dozen hot briquets.

To get the best flavor, cook your meat over charcoal. Although we like flank steak best, there are other cuts that work great such as those with a thick ring of fat. As the fat drips onto your charcoal, you'll hear pops, and see fire rising up (this where the name crying tiger comes from).

Ingredients

Beef & Marinade

1 flank steak (usually weighs about 1 lb or a bit more)
2 tablespoons of thin soy sauce

Dipping Sauce

1/2 teaspoon corriander seeds
4 cloves garlic
15 fresh Thai chiles
5  tablespoons lime juice
5-7 tablespoons fish sauce
1-2 tablespoons sugar

Method

Coat your steak in the thin soy sauce and let sit at room temperature for 1 hour. Some chefs like to add a bit of fish sauce to this, but we like to use just soy sauce. Barbeque your steak over charcoal.

To make the crying tiger dipping sauce, first pound the corriander seeds in a mortar and pestle until it becomes powder. Add garlic and chilli pound until  roughly smooth then stir in lime juice, fish sauce and sugar. Stir until blend. Adjust the taste to your flavor. Serve this dipping sauce on the side with fresh cucumber, green beans etc and sticky rice.

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Comments

Khun Tom
June 3rd, 2014
11:13 PM
When I was in Thailand I heard that an Esan man watched a tiger kill a cow. The man noticed that the tiger ate the neck first. The man butchered a cow and grilled the neck meat, treating it as you do above and served it with sticky rice. The tiger saw the man eating his favorite cut of the cow and started to cry.

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