Neua Yang - charcoal broiled beef in a hot/sweet sauce
Yang dishes are the Thai equivalent of barbeque food. The most common is
undoubtedly kai yang (chicken) where a chicken is split open, beaten
flat, and gripped in a cleft stick to grill over the brazier.
This version -- neua yang or barbequed beef -- has a more assertive
sauce to go with the stronger flavor of the beef. It is best accompanied
with a bottle of strong beer, especially when eaten as lunch during a
break from working in the paddy fields... At dinner a good Italian red
wine is I think the best choice...
And of course if you don't have a charcoal brazier, or the weather is
shade cooler than here (its 38 Celsius [100 Fahrenheit] outside as I
type this...) then you could just as easily prepare this dish on a
griddle or broil it in the oven (but it *does* taste best if it can
absorb the flavor of the charcoal smake).
For an evening meal I would suggest serving it with a salad such as the
yam polamai (that I will post next), and a soup such as tam kha kai
(chicken soup with a coconut milk stock).
First prepare a serving platter, lined with lettuce leaves, and
decorated with sliced cucumber.
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon dark sweet soy sauce
3 tablespoons of shallots (purple onions) sliced very thinly
half a tablespoon of palm sugar (or honey)
half a tablespoon of prik phom (powdered dried red chilis)
1 tablespoon of sliced spring onion/scallion/green onion, incl. tops
1 teaspoon bai chi (coriander/cilantro leaf) chopped.
Combine the ingredients to make the sauce. taste and if required add
extra sugar/honey, lime juice and/or prik phom.
Note you can substitute sauteed onion for the shallots if they are
Also, remember when using prik phom (and sugar) in sauce preparation
that the diners can always add more at the table, but they can't remove
it if you put too much in!
barbeque half a pound of steak to whatever "doneness" you prefer, then
slice into slices an eighth of an inch thick, and then cut the slices
into bite sized pieces. Place on the lettuce, and pour the sauce over
Served as a one-plate dinner, this serves one fairly hungry diner, but
with the soup and salad should be adequate for four people.
Accompany with the usual Thai table condiments (prik phom, sugar, and
prik dong [red chilis in vinegar])
Special thanks to - Muoi Khuntilanont.