This is a special beef recipe from my country which is really tasty and there is a special technique which softens the beef until the texture is like chicken. The dried shrimp is an added flavor and modification I made to the original dish. This recipe is easy to make, and will be a hit at family gatherings. Tastes really good with steamed or spiced rice.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • This first step is to soften the beef. Place the beef in a medium saucepan, and add enough water to cover the meat. Cover, and simmer over low heat for at least an hour. Remove the beef from water, and set aside.

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  • Heat the oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Add in the garlic and dried shrimp, and stir fry for a few seconds before stirring in the lemon grass and onions. Reduce heat to medium, and stir in coconut milk, red curry paste, turmeric, and chile pepper. Mix in the beef, and cover the wok. Simmer for 10 minutes over medium heat.

  • Stir in the cilantro just before serving. Save some cilantro for garnishing on top if you like.

Nutrition Facts

289 calories; 20.7 g protein; 9.4 g carbohydrates; 51.3 mg cholesterol; 343.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2006
Tasty and quick (once you get everything cooking). I would actually cook the meat in the coconut milk mixture for the stated time- it is still moist and tender but it infuses the flavors. I also added carrots potatoes and green peas. A note on the curry paste- it is usually sold in Asian markets in cans the size of tuna If you buy this size half a can will make a pretty spicy dish. Usually a fourth of a can will impart pleanty of flavor if you like some spice but not too much. Enjoy! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/16/2007
not enough sauce for us Read More
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23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2006
Tasty and quick (once you get everything cooking). I would actually cook the meat in the coconut milk mixture for the stated time- it is still moist and tender but it infuses the flavors. I also added carrots potatoes and green peas. A note on the curry paste- it is usually sold in Asian markets in cans the size of tuna If you buy this size half a can will make a pretty spicy dish. Usually a fourth of a can will impart pleanty of flavor if you like some spice but not too much. Enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/09/2006
I changed this recipe up a bit. I didn't have any dried shrimp so i left that out. I used only 1 Tbsp of Sambal Oelek paste instead of the red chili paste. My kids don't like it to spicy. I also added 1 T of cumin. I added some extra veggies. 1 jicama chopped 1 green pepper chopped 1 shredded carrot and 1 cup snow peas chopped and 1 cup chopped kale. I always add extra veggies just to get them in for the kids. These added veggies added a lovely color. I found it a bit thick after the veggie addition so i added 1 cup plain yogurt. At the end i also added 1 cup raisins and 1/2 cup sesame seeds Extra crunch and a bit of sweetness from the raisins. Great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/27/2005
Good flavors but HOT HOT HOT!!! I omitted the chili and only used half the curry paste and it was still almost too spicy to eat. Plus watch out -- tumeric will stain your clothes!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/11/2007
Pretty good. Cheated massively by not pre-treating the beef (time reasons) just chucked it in and sauteed it with the garlic onions etc. Didn't have dried shrimp so substituted prawn paste which worked well otherwise used ingredients specified - including red chilli pepper. Served with steamed rice and the whole lot went in minutes. Thanks for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2010
I have tried just about every curry recipe on this site and this is my favorite! I did brown the beef (coated in a little soy sauce and flour) instead of boiling it for sake of time. I also omitted the shrimp because my wife doesn't like anything remotely fishy tasting. Still turned out fantastic! Goes great with some roti and basmati rice. But be forewarned, it is very spicy (like curry is supposed to be). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2010
Love it!!! This recipe is similar to my mom's. Recommend leaving out the shrimp. though. For a great flavor to enhance the curry try with cooked crumbled bacon on top and serve over steamed Thai Jasmine rice! Delicious!!! Thanks so much for sharing it my mother passed away when I was young and I never did get the original recipe this one is the most similar that I have found to date. Krup Khun Ka!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2004
this recipe is wonderful...soooo delicious! my family loved it;) Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/16/2007
not enough sauce for us Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
06/12/2009
Sorry I did not care for this recipe. Read More
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