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Sirloin is an ideal choice for these Vietnamese beef skewers, although flank steak or skirt steak would work well, too. Brown sugar adds a caramelizes crust, while a hefty dose of lime juice lends tang. If you don't have ponzu sauce on hand, soy sauce is an acceptable substitute, but reduce the amount to two tablespoons.
If you don't feel like firing up the grill, broil the meat instead. The cooking time is about the same. Just remember the sugar's caramelization won't be as pronounced as when cooking over a direct flame.
When preparing the carrot salad, be sure to give the flavors time to combine. And if you have leftovers, they're tasty tucked into pita or roti.
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