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Friday, July 25, 2008

OUR CULINARY GEMS: Sien Savanh | Lao Beef Jerky






This dish is very common in Laos. It is found in just about every corner and restaurants because it’s easy to prepare and has a long shelf-time.

Sien Savanh is similar to Dendeng of Indonesia, Bakkwa in Singapore (but its pork), Thit Bo Kho in Vietnam, Tapa of the Philippines and Neua Dej Diao in Thailand. [thanks to Pisanu for the local terms]

Alors! As I said, it’s easy to make! Try it tonight, sun-dry it tomorrow morning and have it for lunch or dinner tomorrow and impress your friends with this exotic dish.

Find the recipe here…


Ingredients

1 lb Beef flank steak (thinly sliced into strips)
3 cloves Garlic (minced)
1 tbsp Ginger (chopped and minced)
1 tbsp Soy sauce
2 tbsp Sesame seed
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
5 cups vegetable oil

Directions

1. Put the beef strips in a large bowl.

2. Add garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sesame seed, sugar, salt, and black pepper. Mix well and marinate for at least 2 hours.

3. Then put the beef strips on a tray and dry in the sun for an entire day, turning the strips occasionally to make sure both sides are dried.

4. When the beef strips are dried to your preference, then heat the oil over medium heat and deep fry the beef strips until lightly crispy to crispy (according to your preference)

5. Best served sticky rice and fresh cucumber. Or great with beer as finger food!


Bon appetite!

17 Comments:

curbside_puppet said...

i was already imagining how it tasted like especially with sesame seed sprinkled on top of it. and then you mentioned it is best served with fresh cucumber! it made it an extra special treat! would the fresh cucumber better off if mixed with sugar, vinegar and pepper?

MischMensch said...

Hmmm Morgan, do ya know how to take it without sun drying it? Is there another alternative? Besos

Anonymous said...

i'm sorry. that recipe is not "tapa." i dunno what it is but it's not tapa.

curbside_puppet said...

it is the FILIPINO tapa misch... not the spanish one...

Allen Yu said...

Wow... similar to tapa. Then you should try the Tapsilog Pisanu. (tapa+fried rice+egg=perfect breakfast)

Anonymous said...

LOL. ^_^

...but again it's not tapa. it's more like tocino not tapa. honestly, tapa is just plain meat and salt (though some add other spices but not as much as that).

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Tayla said...

My family uses about the same recipe as this one but my parents use a food dehydrator instead of the sun and it works the same. When I was in Laos we had this with papaya salad but alone is delish as well.

Menchu said...

hoy anonymous...the article says "similar" in bold letters. where did u come from?

and hello! is tocino "sun-dried"? it's actually wet!

the author was correct. most tapa in the philippines are sun-dried. and morgan was actually siting the similarity of preparation.

ang bobo mo, anonymous. nakakahiya ka. basahin mo kasing mabuti bago ka mag komentaryo jan. ikaw tuloy ang nag mukang ignorante. pati kme dinadamay mo. hala!

pakaleklalawak said...

the more I read about your articles, the more I realize that the Philippines is still in Southeast Asia, that we still share a lot of things in common......

Anonymous said...

and tapa is sun-dried menchu? well b4 jumping into any further annoying conclusion, the other anonymous is not me (the one who called most filipinos posting are gays). i'm just sayin it's not similar to tapa at all and more SIMILAR to tocino when it comes to recipe. I DID NOT BASH ANYONE NOR HURT ANYONE. stick to that. geez... you filipinos are unbelievable.

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travelphilippines said...

i love tapa so i will definitely love that... yum

Grant (BISEAN Ed.) said...

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curbside_puppet said...

thanks grant...

MischMensch said...

Oi Curby! I did not say anything bout tapa! It was anonymous!

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