Stir-Fry Beef w/ Watercress Salad

Stir-Fry Beef w/ Watercress Salad

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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This Vietnamese classic dish is one of the simplest of all home cooked meals in Vietnam. It is also known as Butter Beef or Shaking Beef; this dish will be sure to your rattle your family's taste buds!


  • 1 cup uncooked *jasmine rice, or crusty baguette/sourdough bread
  • 6-8oz good quality beef flank, hanger, or flat iron (thinly sliced)
  • 1 clove garlic (crushed, rough chopped)
  • 1 bunch watercress (washed & bite-size pieces)
  • 1 large beefsteak tomato, or 2 roma (washed, thinly sliced)
  • 1/4 red onion, or one small shallot (thinly sliced)
  • 60ml NUOC CHAM


  1. Cook rice to package specifications. Be sure to rinse the rice well before cooking, and let rest with lid on for 10 min after cooked.
  2. Heat wok or frying pan on high heat. When just beginning to smoke, add a thin layer of oil and beef, cook for 15 seconds, add garlic and stir fry for another 10-15 seconds. Do not overcook.
  3. Place watercress on a serving plate with a little well in the middle for the cooked beef. Top watercress with tomato slices & onion slices. Add beef into the centre once cooked and serve immediately.
  4. Be sure to include in each bite watercress, tomato, onion, and beef slice into NUOC CHAM & enjoy with jasmine rice.

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