click link for picture of the salad. This is very good I have had this many times.

Known in Asia as Shaking Beef Salad, or bo luc lac, this Vietnamese classic is made by shaking — essentially searing — steak in a very hot pan. Jasmine rice or brown rice would be ideal alongside.

3 tablespoons fish sauce*
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon minced red jalapeño chile
2 tablespoons oyster sauce*
1 tablespoon medium-dry Sherry
2 teaspoons tamari soy sauce*
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon (packed) brown sugar
1 1/4 pounds New York steak, trimmed, cut into 2/3-inch cubes
2 bunches watercress, bottom 2 inches discarded, cut into 1-inch lengths
3 cups mizuna leaves, torn in half if very large (about 1 1/2 ounces)
2 cups (lightly packed) torn Bibb lettuce leaves (about 6 large)
1 cup Thai basil leaves, cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips
1/2 12-ounce English hothouse cucumber, halved lengthwise, sliced very thinly on diagonal
12 cherry tomatoes

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 medium-size red onion, cut into thin wedges
2 shallots, sliced into thin rounds
1/4 medium pineapple, peeled, cored, halved lengthwise, cut crosswise into 1/3-inch-thick slices

For dressing:
Whisk all ingredients in small bowl to blend.
For salad:
Mix oyster sauce, Sherry, tamari soy sauce, minced garlic, and brown sugar in medium bowl. Stir in steak. Marinate steak at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Combine watercress, mizuna, lettuce, basil, cucumber, and tomatoes in large bowl. Add half of dressing and toss to coat. Arrange greens mixture on large rimmed platter.

Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add onion and shallots and sauté 30 seconds. Add beef with marinade. Sauté until beef is brown outside but still pink inside, about 4 minutes. Add pineapple slices and stir until pineapple is heated through, about 1 minute longer. Spoon steak mixture with any pan juices atop dressed greens mixture on platter. Drizzle salad with remaining dressing and serve.

Makes 4 servings.

Bon Appétit

June 2005

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