Editor’s note: This is from a friend of some 15 years, Sunni Le. Sunni was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the US when she was 5 years old. I’ve have some of her cooking and her father’s as well and it’s just amazing. The following is from Sunni, (mostly) in her words not mine. –Joe.
A neighbor of mine said there are two most important or favorite fruits in the world. That being said can you guess what it is: Mango & Bananas – Although you won’t find banana recipe here for now. This delicious Thai Mango adds great flavor to your palette while enriching your taste buds with flavors when you infuse it with chili sauce.
- Fresh & Ripe Sweet Mango
- Steak of your choice (Joe says flank steak or skirt steak would be great!)
- Red onion, sliced
- Pad Thai or flat noodles
- Thai sweet chili sauce (see picture–Note from Joe: This is also called “Nam Jim Gai/น้ำจิ้มไก่” which translates to “dipping sauce for chicken”)
- 2 eggs
Seasoning for steak:
- Cinnamon (ground), just a small pinch
- Garlic (freshly grated or powdered)
Soak pad Thai noodles in hot water (hot from the tap) for 1 hour. (Note from Joe: You can also boil them for a few minutes as that is quicker, but make sure you don’t cook them all the way. The hot tap water methods gets them just right for frying off to finish)
Season your steak with salt, sugar, pepper, paprika, a little cinnamon and garlic. Set aside for at least 30 minutes.
Thai mango chili sauce (very simple but delicious):
Peel your mango and cut into slices to refrigerate. Add 2 teaspoons of Thai sweet chili sauce and you’re done! Refrigerate for an hour or so.
Faux Pad Thai:
Pan sear your steak with *red onion until medium rare or however you like it. Let rest for at least 5 minutes then slice of the bias–bite sized pieces. Reserve for the next step.
Drain your noodles. Start scrambling your eggs, when they are about half-way cooked add the noodles and finish scrambling. Next add the seared sliced steak. Mix all together and that’s it. You have your Faux Pad Thai.
To serve, put some of the noodles on one side of you plate, then add Thai mango with chili sauce to the other side and your dish is complete. Enjoy & bon appetite! Sunni