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Spicy beef meal a delicious mix of Pacific flavors

Hot and Spicy Stir-fried Beef and Sesame Noodles.
Hot and Spicy Stir-fried Beef and Sesame Noodles. Tribune News Service

This dinner is a tasty mixture of Pacific rim flavors.

Lemon grass is the secret to the flavors in Hot and Spicy Beef. It adds a tang like that of lemon or lime and is one of the most important spices used in Thai cooking. It looks a little like a scallion with long, thin, green-gray leaves and a lighter bulb at the tip.

Grated lemon rind can be used instead.

Sesame noodles with peas complete the meal.

Wine suggestion: Spicy stir-fry beef? A spicy red zin.

Helpful Hints

▪  Remove woody, outer leaves of lemon grass before slicing. Cut pale inner leaves and bulb into thin slices.

▪  Prepare all ingredients for beef and noodle dishes before starting to stir-fry.

▪  If using ground ginger instead of fresh, mix it in with sauce.

▪  Two crushed garlic cloves can be used instead of bottle minced garlic.

▪  A quick way to add fresh ginger is to grate it over the food.


▪  Prepare all ingredients.

▪  Make noodles.

▪  Stir-fry beef dish.

Shopping List

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

To buy: 1 small can tomato paste, 1 bottle sesame oil, 1 small piece fresh ginger, 1 bunch lemon grass, 1/2 pound steak (sirloin, flank, skirt, strip) and 1 bottle unsalted, roasted peanuts.

Staples: Hot pepper sauce, onion, minced garlic, salt and black peppercorns.


Recipe by Linda Gassenheimer

1/4 cup tomato paste

1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

1/2 cup water

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 cup sliced onion

1 teaspoon minced garlic

2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger or 2 teaspoons ground ginger

3 stalks lemon grass, sliced, or grated lemon rind from 1 lemon

1/2 pound steak, cut into 1/2-inch by 2-inch strips (sirloin, flank, skirt, strip)

2 tablespoons unsalted, roasted peanuts

Mix tomato paste, hot pepper sauce and water together and set aside. Heat the oil in a wok or skillet over high heat. Add the onion, garlic, chopped ginger and lemon grass or lemon rind and stir-fry 2 minutes. Add meat and stir-fry 4 to 5 minutes. Add sauce and toss with the ingredients a few seconds. Remove to a plate and sprinkle with peanuts.

Makes 2 servings.


Recipe by Linda Gassenheimer

1/4 pound Chinese noodles

1 cup frozen peas

1 teaspoon sesame oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add noodles and cook 1 minute; add peas and continue to cook 1 minute. Drain. Toss with sesame oil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove to dinner plates and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.

Makes 2 servings.