Vietnamese beef with chilli and lime dressing
This Vietnamese-inspired roast beef recipe is singing with flavour. The meat is first marinated in fish sauce and garlic before being coated in a punchy coriander and lemongrass rub and roasted until tender. Served in thick slices, with fresh herbs, peanuts and a sweet and sour dipping sauce, it’s a roast to remember.
- Put the meat in a large freezer bag. Add the fish sauce, pepper, garlic and sugar. Leave to marinate for at least 1 hr, or chill overnight.
- Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C. Remove the meat from the bag, pat dry with kitchen towel and season with a little more black pepper. Put the joint, fat-side up, in a roasting tin and cover with kitchen foil. Roast for 15 mins.
- Reduce the oven temperature to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C. Remove the meat from the oven and discard the foil. Drizzle over the oil, then top with the lemongrass and coriander, patting it down with the back of a wooden spoon. Season with a little salt. Return to the oven for 1 hr for medium- medium-rare meat. For medium-well- done meat roast for 1 hr, 30 mins. Remove from the oven and leave to rest for 10 mins.
- Meanwhile, make the dressing. Using a pestle and mortar, crush the ginger and garlic to a fine paste. Add the sugar, fish sauce, lime juice, chilli and 2 tbsp hot water; stir until the sugar dissolves. Transfer to a small bowl.
- Arrange the meat on a serving board and scatter over the coriander and mint leaves and the peanuts. Carve the meat into medium slices and serve with the dressing.
Tip: Try serving the beef with cooked rice noodles tossed with steamed Tenderstem broccoli and green beans, plus a drizzle of sesame oil.
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