Not eating out means no takeout, but there’s no shortage of quick, simple and similar-to-takeout dishes you could make at home.
With this ginger beef with rice noodles recipe from the latest issue of Milk Street Kitchen, the mixture won’t look like much marinade, but it’s strongly flavored and can season the beef (or tofu or chicken) quickly.
Ginger Beef with Rice Noodles and Herbs
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 pound sirloin tips, pounded to ½-inch thick
12 ounces thin rice noodles
¼ cup fish sauce
¼ cup lime juice
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1 teaspoon chili-garlic sauce
1 tablespoon peanut oil
1 cup cilantro
1 cup mint
½ chopped peanuts, toasted lightly
In medium bowl, combine fish sauce, ginger, brown sugar, salt and pepper. Coat the meat in the marinade and let rest in the bowl for 15 minutes or put in a plastic zip-top bag in the fridge for up to 2 hours.
In a large pot of boiling water, add rice noodles and turn off heat. Stir and soak until tender, about 4 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water.
Add the meat and brown both sides, about 6 minutes. Let rest on a plate for 5 minutes, then thinly slice against the grain. Toss the noodles with ¾ cup of the fish-sauce lime juice mixture, cilantro, mint and chopped roasted peanuts. Serve with the sliced beef.
— Adapted from a recipe in the January-February issue of Milk Street Kitchen