Beef and Lemongrass Betel Leaf Rolls

Matt Sinclair

Ingredients:

Serves: 4-6

  • 500g beef mince
  • 3 lemongrass stalks, white part only, grated
  • 3 spring onions, white and green separated, each finely chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic, grated
  • ½ cup chopped coriander (stems included)
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1 bunch betel leaves, washed, dried and stems trimmed
  • 250g vermicelli noodles, cooked as per instructions
  • 1 bunch assorted Asian herbs eg. Vietnamese mint/perilla/coriander/Thai basil
  • 100g fried shallots
  • 100g roasted chopped peanuts

Nuoc Cham:

  • 60ml fish sauce
  • 60ml rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 Birdseye chillies, finely sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated

Method:

  1. Heat a (coal) barbeque until the coals have turned white. (Alternatively use a preheated BBQ grill on medium-high.)
  2. In a large bowl, add the beef, lemongrass, sliced white part of the spring onions, garlic, coriander, fish sauce, sugar, salt and white pepper in a bowl and mix well to combine.
  3. Lay out the betel leaves shiny side-down (use 2 for one roll if they are a smaller size). Spoon about 1 tablespoon of beef mixture on the bottom third of each leaf, forming it into a log horizontally. Fold the leaf over the filling, fold in the sides and roll up to enclose and form a tight roll. Place seam side-down to avoid in unravelling. Repeat with remaining beef and betel leaves.
  4. Combine the Nuoc Cham ingredients in a small bowl, season to taste and set aside.
  5. Place the betel leaf rolls seam side down onto the grill and cook for 5-7 minutes or until cooked through, turning at 2 minute intervals for even colour and char.
  6. Serve hot on a bed of vermicelli noodles and Asian herbs, drizzle with nuoc cham and garnish with the green part of the spring onions, crispy shallots and peanuts.

Our friends at Wine Selectors suggest pairing this dish with a Shiraz.

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