Fried sun-dried beef

This recipe calls for sun, and in Thailand that means a nice hot sun. Perhaps you can make it wherever you are, on a hot sunny day. In Thai called "Neua Dad Deow"

  • 2 lbs beef such as sirloin steak, cut into pieces (see pictures below)
  • 3/4 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 3 big cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Thai white pepper powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar1 teaspoon Thai curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons whiskey (we used sang som Thai rum but you can use whatever is on hand)
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 3 cups vegetable oil for frying
  • Chilli sauce for serving (optional)
  • Clean the beef, pat-dry then cut into slices about 3/8" thick, 3-4" long. 
  • Put in a mixing bowl, set aside.
  • Pound the garlic, coriander and pepper in a mortar and pestle until it becomes a paste.
  • Toss this paste thoroughly with the beef. 
  • Season with remaining ingredients. 
  • Leave to marinade in the fridge for 1 hour under sun (or overnight).
  • Arrange the marinaded beef on a rack, set in strong sunshine for 2 hours. 
  • Turn the beef over after 2 hours, then set for another 2 hours to make sure both sides will get dry.
  • Fry the sun-dried beef in hot oil on medium low heat for only 2-3 minutes until fragrant and cooked. 
  • Drain on paper towel. Serve with a side dish of chilli sauce together with sticky rice.