Mother's Day on StarChefs
Mother's Day on StarChefs
Recipes Inspired by the Mothers of Celebrity Chefs and Cookbook Authors

Stir-fried Beef with Lemongrass
Cha Saido Droueng
By Chef Nadsa de Monteiro-Perry (more info)

Serves 4


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 lbs boneless sirloin, cut into strips 2 inches long, 1 1/2 inches wide and 1/4 inch thick
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large onion ( about 3/4 lb ), sliced into 1/4 inch thick wedges
  • 1/4 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 4 scallions, split lentghwise and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup peanuts, roasted and coarsely ground
  • Cilantro sprigs, for garnish

  • 2 stalks lemongrass, thinly sliced
  • 5 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 large shallot, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons peeled, coarsely chopped galangal
  • 6 kaffir lime leaves, deveined
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro stems
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 dried New Mexico chilies, soaked, seeded and deveined, or 2 red birds
  • 2/3 cups water


1). Blend all the Paste ingredients in a blender until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes.

2). Transfer the paste to a medium bowl, add the meat and mix well.

3). Heat the oil in a large skillet or wok over medium high heat. Add the beef slices, stirring well, then add the fish sauce, sugar, and salt and cook, stirring , until the sauce is bubbling, about 3 minutes.

4). Add the onion and cook until soft and translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the red pepper, scallions, and 6 tablespoons of the peanuts.

5). Cook, stirring, for another minute. Remove from the heat.

6). Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons peanuts and garnish with cilantro sprigs. Serve with steamed jasmine rice.

StarChef Nadsa de Monteiro-Perry is the Executive Chef of The Elephant Walk Boston, 900 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02215, (617) 247-2887. She is also Co-Executive Chef at The Elephant Walk Cambridge, 2067 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02140, (617) 492-6900. The restaurants specialize in French and Cambodian Cuisine. Nadsa de Monteiro-Perry is the daughter of Longteine de Monteiro who has been credited with introducing Cambodian food to the Western world.