Thai it you'll like it hot curry beef noodle bowls, green melon with lime and lemon sorbet

  • Preparation Time10 mins
  • Cooking Time20 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
550 to 650g piece flank steak
125ml high temperature oil, such as groundnut, rapeseed or safflower, plus 2 tbsp
2 shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
3 tbsp cornflour
450g whole-grain or whole-wheat spaghetti
170g shiitake mushrooms
1 red pepper
1 red hot chilli pepper
3 to 4 cloves garlic, grated or chopped
4 to 5 spring onions, thinly sliced on an angle
3 tbsp curry paste, mild to medium heat (recommended: Patak's)
3 tbsp fish sauce
500ml chicken stock
100g shelled frozen edamame, thawed
30g loosely packed, basil leaves, thinly sliced or torn
1 lime, zested and juiced
Freshly ground black pepper
1) Put the flank steak in the freezer for a few minutes to aid in thinly slicing safely.

2) Heat 125ml oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Dredge the shallot slices in the cornflour and shake off any excess. Add the shallots into the heated oil and remove them to a kitchen paper-lined plate when they become a light golden-brown colour.

3) Bring a large pot of water to the boil over medium heat. Salt the water and add the pasta. Cook to al dente.

4) Whilst pasta water comes to the boil, stem and thinly slice the mushrooms, and seed and thinly slice the sweet and hot peppers.

5) Remove the meat from the freezer and thinly slice into 1/2-cm wide by 5-cm pieces.

6) Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add the beef and cook in a single layer for 2 to 3 minutes. Turn the meat over and add shiitakes, sweet and hot peppers, garlic and spring onions. Stir-fry 2 to 3 minutes, then add the curry paste, fish sauce and stock and bring to a boil. Add in the edamame, and cook for 1 minute to heat through, then add the basil.

7) Drain the pasta and put into a large serving bowl. Add the beef mixture, the lime zest and lime juice. Toss vigorously and season with some black pepper, to taste. Garnish with the fried shallots sprinkled on top.

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