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This Hanger Steak Salad from Zak Pelaccio's Eat with Your Hands isn't much of a salad at all. It's really slices of beefy hanger steak dressed roaring hot with a Southeast Asian dressing and a handful of basil and cilantro. But there's no need to argue semantics when a steak or salad or whatever you want to call it, is this good. The real takeaway here is steak plus fish sauce and chiles equals awesome.
And as far as Pelaccio's pairings go, spot on. The salad is hot in a way that necessitates the cooling effects of icy lager and a mellowed out playlist.
Recommended playlist and drinks pairing:
Listen: How about some chill-wave—that is the new psychdelia of Tame Impala, Innerspeaker?
Drink: Beer, whatever you've got, icy cold.
What Worked: If you're a fan of the beef salad from your local Thai joint, this one will make you real happy. Just imagine the one that you order for take-out, intensify the sweet-salty-hot and add a really good cut of beef.
What Didn't: If you're shy about heat, you might want to tone the chiles. This salad is hot, very, very hot.
Suggested Tweaks: This is the sort recipe that can act as a template for any sort of protein you've got on hand. We're thinking that next time seared duck breast might need to be involved.
As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of 'Eat with Your Hands' to give away.