Garlic lime steak and noodle salad

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Garlic lime steak and noodle salad

(Adapted from Smitten Kitchen)

Serve 4 as main dishes

2 lbs flank
100 g brown sugar
8 tbs fish sauce
Juice from 2 big juicy limes (about 60 ml per lime)
10 garlic (chopped)
1 package of dried rice noodle (cooked and drained)
1 lb French-style green beans (poached in boiling water for 5 minutes)
8 oz cherry tomatoes (halved)
1 English cucumber (sliced)
2 1/2 tbs sugar
2 tbs rice vinegar
1 tbs water
1 carrots (peeled and shredded) + 1 tbs sugar + 1 tbs rice vinegar
Mint and cilantro (chopped)

  1. In a bowl, mix brown sugar, fish sauce, lime juice and garlic until combined.
  2. Marinate flank with 1/3 of the garlic lime fish sauce mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or over night.
  3. Save 2/3 of the sauce mixture for dipping sauce.
  4. In a bowl, mix 2.5 tbs sugar, 2 tbs rice vinegar, and 1 tbs water to marinate sliced cucumber. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours (or over night).
  5. Marinate carrot with 1 tbs sugar and 1 tbs rice vinegar. Set aside for 2 hours.
  6. On the day of serving, let marinated flank sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
  7. Broil marinated flank in the oven for 5 minutes. Flip and broil for another 4 minutes. Slice into long thin strips.
  8. To serve: place cooked rice noodle on a plate, add sliced flank on top. Add green beans, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, carrot, and chopped mint/cilantro. Finally drizzle the noodle salad with dipping sauce.