Grilled Dried Beef
beef, sirloin steak
bottom round, or tip
red chili peppers
peppers, small, seeded
soy sauce, light
Cut the beef across the grain onto very thin 3 by 3 inch slices.
If you are using fresh lemon grass, discard the outer leaves and upper half of the stalk.
Cut into thin slices and finely chop.
If you are using dried lemon grass, soak in warm water for 1 hour.
Drain and finely chop.
Combine the chiles and sugar in a mortar and pestle and pound to a fine paste.
Add the chopped lemon grass, fish sauce and soy sauce and stir to blend.
(If using a blender, combine all of these and blend to a very fine paste.
) Spread the paste over the beef pieces to coat both sides.
Let marinate for 30 minutes.
Spread out each slice of marinated beef on a large, flat wire rack or baking sheet.
Let stand in the sun until both sides are completely dried, about 12 hours.
Serve with glutinous rice.