Servings: 4 · Prep Time: 20 mins · Cooking Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
This is a dish that really tastes authentic and goes great with Cauliflower rice. Various cuts of beef work well with this dish and you can even use short ribs (with the bones attached). That said i tend to use brisket.
- Beef (750g)
- Red Curry Paste (Homemade is best!)
- Green Bean (100g)
- Mange Tout (100g)
- Red Onions
- Coconut Milk (1 Can)
- Kaffir Lime Leaves
- Fish sauce (2 tbsp)
- Star Anise
- Red Chilli (1 finely diced)
- Lemon (1 whole rind)
- Cashews (Handful)
- Salt & Pepper (to taste)
- MSG (1 tsp)
- Stevia (to taste)
Except the green beans and mange tout, put everything in a saucepan and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes. Because I personally like the green beans and mange tout crispy (plus it preserves the goodness), I add them , along with the nuts just several minutes before I am ready to serve.
And don't be afraid about using MSG. But isn't that bad for you. Well it appears not. MSG - Mono Sodium Glutamate is in-fact something found in many natural foods. MSG is derived from the amino acid glutamate, or glutamic acid, which is one of the most abundant amino acids in nature.
Glutamic acid is a non-essential amino acid, meaning that your body can produce it. It serves various functions in your body and is found in nearly all foods. And the MSG found in food is also a natural product.
Yes it got a really bad rap and I can completely understand why. Firstly, it's such a powerful taste bud tantalisers, that for years it's been added to so much crap food, to make it taste good. It also fools the brain into thinking there is a lot of protein in a food, when there is not. So it's been used not only in crap food but also in lots of cheap foods too. Plus, if you eat loads of junk, ultra packaged food, then you re probably consuming more than an optimal amount of salt aka sodium chloride. But not only is MSG found in natural foods our bodies also make glutamic acid, which is in-fact an amino acid, a component of protein. Dr Steven Whitley explains that around 20 grams of glutamic acid gets recycled through our body everyday. The protein we get from chicken, meat and eggs, is about 20% glutamic acid.
So do not worry about eating this ultimate flavour enhancing booster. Why do humans love the taste so much? Well, Because MSG enhances the savoury, meaty umami flavour of foods. Umami is the fifth basic taste, along with salty, sour, bitter and sweet, but its really hard to find in most ingredients.