Sien Savanh (Lao Beef Jerky)
Beef Jerky is perfect road food. Light weight, full of flavor and cheap and gives hours of tasty chewing pleasure making it the choice of truck drivers and cyclist all over the world. In Laos a few strips of beef or water buffalo jerky can be found hanging in most small villages and for a few thousand kip you have a perfect cycling snack that will add protein to tired muscles. Assuming that water buffalo is not yet available in the butchers of London here is a recipe for Lao beef jerky using a nice cheap flank steak of cut of silver side.
- 500 g beef flank steak, silver side is good too, thinly sliced into long strips
- 4 cloves of garlic crushed
- 1 small knuckle of ginger chopped and grounded into paste
- 2 tbsp Soy sauce
- 2 tbsp Sesame seed
- 1 tbsp brown Sugar
- Two large pinches of salt
- 1 tbsp Black pepper
1. Put the beef strips into a large mixing bowl.
2. Add garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sesame seed, sugar, salt, and black pepper
3. Mix well with your hands and marinate overnight.
4. Now lay out the beef strips on a tray and dry in the sun for an entire day, turning the strips occasionally to make sure both sides are dried.
5. Store in a cool, dry place and enjoy whenever you get peckish or need a snack to go with a cold beer.