Lemon Grass Beef – Adam Liaw’s Asian Cookery School – Adam Liaw

Adam Liaw's Asian Cookery School

Recipe from Adam Liaw’s  Asian Cookery School  by Adam Liaw with photography by  Steve Brown-  published by Hachette Australia rrp$49.99

 Lemongrass Beef

Lemongrass Beef



Thit bo xao sa ot


Frying meat in a wok is easy, provided you follow three simple rules – cut the meat thinly,

brown it well and, of course, the cardinal rule, never overcrowd the wok. This is one of my

favourite Vietnamese dishes and because there are no vegetables to worry about, you

can just focus on getting the flavour of the wok-cooked meat just right.



¼ cup peanut oil

500g rump steak, sirloin or flank, very

thinly sliced

1 small brown onion, peeled and sliced

2 stalks lemongrass, tender white part

only, minced

3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

1 large red chilli, sliced diagonally

2 tbsp fish sauce

1½ tsp sugar

¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper


1 Heat a wok over very high heat until smoking, add half

the oil and fry the beef in batches until well browned all

over then remove from the wok.

2 Add the remaining oil to the wok and fry the onion,

lemongrass, garlic and chilli until the onions are softened

and the ingredients are fragrant and starting to brown.

Return the beef to the wok and toss with the fi sh sauce,

sugar and black pepper for about 2 minutes. Remove from

the wok and allow to rest for a minute before serving.


If you use the woody parts of the lemongrass or don’t cut it into small

enough pieces, the dish will have a gritty texture. If the lemongrass is

especially woody, whizz it in a food processor instead of chopping it.

Fry the beef with the lemongrass mixture for a minute before adding the

fish sauce. This will help brown the meat and caramelise the lemongrass

for good wok hei.

Taste any wok-fried dish before you finish cooking so you can adjust

seasoning to suit your tastes.” p.85



Cooked by Carol:

This meal was delicious, easy to make and I think I loved the spinach in sesame dressing the best – I will make this again.

Lemongraaa Beef, Spinach in Sesame Dressing Brocolli and rice

Lemongrass Beef, Spinach in Sesame Dressing, Broccoli and rice




7 thoughts on “Lemon Grass Beef – Adam Liaw’s Asian Cookery School – Adam Liaw

  1. Looks scrumptious, Carol! And I love the extra pieces of advice that you offer. Perhaps when you take your next caravan trip, you can do some posts on ‘Caravan Cooking.’ 🙂

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