Brekky: fresh rice noodle with vietnamese beef watercress salad
|Fresh rice noodles with a Vietnamese watercress beef salad|
Some peoples would expect watercress to be a typical Western veggie but it is actually native to Asia and used widely in Asian cuisine.
Watercress, how to use it
|Watercress bought on Wollongong Farmer's market|
Brekky this morning
For brekky this morning I prepared fresh rice noodles, served with a Vietnamese style cold watercress salad. The main ingredient of the salad is watercress. For this dish, you can use full-grown watercress, as long as it has no flowers or watercress sprouts. Other ingredients used in this salad are thinly sliced stir-fried slices of beef, small tomatoes, sliced white onion. Very thinly sliced red or yellow capsicum is excellent to add complexity to your salad.
First I marinated the thinly diced white onion I used is marinated in lemon juice, sugar and a bit of salt. Secondly, I marinated the thinly sliced beef in oyster sauce, cooking wine, salt, sugar, and garlic.
While waiting for time to pass by I prepared the salad dressing from vinegar, fish sauce, oil and a bit of sugar. Then I mixed in all the veggies. I gave my beef a brief stir-fry and removed the meat from the wok to let it cool. Once it was cooled I topped my salad with the beef and enjoyed with a bunch of freshly cooked rice noodles!
Rice noodles can be substituted with thin rice noodles, rice or rice cake. Add fish sauce, chili, salt and lemon juice to taste.