Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Vietnamese Beef Wraps

After watching "The Great Food Truck Race" episodes on Food Network, I started to crave a wrap from the Nom Nom Truck - who used fusion cooking to create Vietnamese style tacos in flour tortillas. I love wraps of all kinds.  They are a quick way to create a tasty meal and the possibilities are endless. Last week I made Greek wraps, with beef  kebabs (marinated in lemon, garlic, olive oil and oregano)  broiled or grilled., then wrapped in Mediterranean pita bread and dressed with tzatziki, red onions, lettuce and tomatoes. Yum! You can make wraps with the flavors of any cuisine including Indian, Chinese, Thai, Mexican, Middle Eastern and everything in between. Tonight it's Vietnamese.
I just marinated some steak, then seared and sliced it, wrapped it in a flour tortilla, topped with lettuce, red onion, fresh cilantro and chopped peanuts. Drizzle with some Nuoc Cham and you're good to go.

Sirloin steak, about 3-4 oz per person
Flour tortillas

Lime Juice from 1/2 a lime
Garlic - a large clove minced
Fish sauce - 1 tsp
Lemon Grass, chopped - about a Tbsp
Fresh cracked pepper - a pinch
1 tsp vegetable oil

Shredded romaine lettuce
Thinly sliced red onion
Fresh cilantro, chopped
Crushed peanuts
Nuoc Cham sauce (recipe below)

Nuoc Cham Sauce:
Fish sauce - 2 Tbsp
Lime Juice from 1/2 of a lime
Rice Vinegar - 3 Tbsp
Garlic - 1 clove minced
Ginger - 1 tsp minced
Sugar, 1 1/2 Tbsp
Carrot, 1 Tbsp finely grated
Hot Water, 1- 2 Tbsp
Sambal  Oelek (chilli paste) 1 tsp or more if you like it really hot. Or use chopped, fresh chillies, such as Serrano.

Mix sugar in hot water until dissolved. Add remaining ingredients in a covered jar. Shake to mix. Refrigerate until needed.

Marinate the steak in marinade while you prepare the rest of the meal. Sear on both sides over medium high heat. It should be about medium rare. Let rest about 5 minutes before slicing into strips.

Warm tortillas in a dry pan on medium low (or use microwave, about 10 seconds) until warm. Arrange beef slices in the center of the tortilla. Top with lettuce, cilantro, red onion and Nuoc Cham sauce. Sprinkle with peanuts and devour!

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