RECIPE: Flank Steak Thai Noodle Salad

RECIPE: Flank Steak Thai Noodle Salad

Marinated and grilled flank steak with greens and mixed herbs, avocado, mango, crispy fried noodles & chili lime vinaigrette.



  • 1  ½ - inch piece ginger, peeled, minced

  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 500 g  flank steak (approx half)
  • coarse salt - when grilling

Chili Lime Vinaigrette

  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice

  • ¼ cup hot chili paste (such as sambal oelek)
  • ¼ cup canola oil, or other neutral oil
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • coarse salt TT

Salad Garnishes

  • 80 g Fresh egg noodles, crispy fried 

  • 1  large mango, peeled, cut ½ inch cubes
  • Baby Salad greens as needed
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups green cabbage, finely shredded
  • ¼ cup radish, thinly sliced
  • ½  cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1  avocado, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ½  cup chopped cilantro 
  • ¼  cup torn mint leaves
  • ¼  cup finely chopped salted, roasted peanuts
  • Lime wedges (for serving)

To Assemble

  1. Prepare the marinade and place the flank steak in the mixture for a minimum of 6 hours, or overnight. Turn once during marination.
  2. Prepare the noodles according to the packaged cooking instructions, drain well, and allow to dry before frying until golden and crisp. (or buy pre fried noodles)
  3. Cut all the salad garnishes, and make the dressing.
  4. Remove the steak from the marinade pat dry. Season lightly with coarse salt and char-grill over medium high heat until your preferred doneness. Allow to rest at least 10 minutes before slicing thinly across the grain.
  5. Make salads using your favorite baby salad greens and the salad garnishes. Dress with just enough vinaigrette, reserving a bit more for on top, and serve with crushed peanuts on top and fresh lime.
  6. Enjoy!


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