Beef with lemongrass
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: easyBeef with lemongrass is delicious with perfumed steamed rice seasoned with fish sauce.
175 ml (3/4 cup) vegetable oil
160 g (1 cup) onions, finely sliced
2 tsp garlic, minced
2 tbsp lemongrass, chopped
2 tsp fresh ginger, minced
160 g (1 cup) green onions, finely sliced
500 g (1 lb) beef, Chinese fondue cut
60 ml (1/4 cup) fish sauce (nuoc-mâm or nam pla)
2 tsp sugar
2 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Several leaves of fresh corianderHeat the wok over high heat, add the oil and cook the onions, garlic, lemongrass, ginger, green onions, and beef over medium-high heat for 1 to 2 minutes.
Add the fish sauce, sugar, and sesame seeds. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and cook for 1 to 2 minutes over medium-high heat.
Serve immediately, garnishing with the coriander leaves.
Yves Moscato, chefco-proprietor of 48 St-Paul, Cuisine_monde in QuebecOat and ginger shortbread cookies
Preparation time: 1 h 15
70 g (3/4 cup) rolled oats
240 g (1 cup) butter
240 g (1 cup) brown sugar
1 tsp ground ginger
225 g (1 3/4 cups) all-purpose unbleached flour
30 to 60 g (1/2 to 1 cup) crystallized ginger, finely choppedPreheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
Chop the rolled oats in a food processor and set aside.
Mix the butter and brown sugar together until creamy.
Add the ground ginger, rolled oats, flour, and crystallized ginger.
Pack the mixture into a large rectangular 30 x 25 cm (12 x 10 in) cake pan with your hands.
Using a knife, make incisions in the form of squares, diamonds, triangles, or rectangles on the surface of the mixture.
Bake in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until the top is golden.
Cut the bars along the incision marks while still hot, set aside and let cool completely before serving.
Susan Sylvester, Chef-Instructor at the École hôtelière de la Capitale in Quebec
Excerpted from Cooking with Foods That Fight Cancer by Richard Béliveau, Ph.D., and Denis Gingras, Ph.D.. Copyright © 2007 by Richard Béliveau, Ph.D., and Denis Gingras, Ph.D.. Excerpted by permission of McClelland & Stewart, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.