Flank Steak Draped Rice Noodle Salad

By • July 17, 2011 • 16 Comments

Author Notes: This is a refreshing rice noodles salad with Vietnamese flavors that bursts with fresh herbs and crunchy vegetables. I like to serve the noodles and garnish separately and let people assemble the salad on their plates for the freshest taste. This is delicious with seared flank steak, but also is a great way to make a second meal out of leftover flank steak, in which case you could coat flank steak slices in the brown sugar and chile paste and heat them quickly in a hot skillet.Fairmount_market

Serves 2-3

Dressed noodles

  • 8 ounces wide rice noodles
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoons Sriracha hot chile sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and minced

Beef and garnish

  • 3/4 pounds flank steak
  • salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha hot chile sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/2 pound snap peas
  • 1 large handful basil leaves
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts
  1. Salt the flank steak and allow to rest for 45 minutes.
  2. Put the rice noodles in bowl and cover with boiling water. Let soften for about 20 minutes, drain, and set aside in a big shallow serving bowl.
  3. Prepare the dressing by combining all of the remaining ingredients under "Dressed noodles" in a small sauce pan. Heat until the sugar is dissolved. Pour over the softened rice noodles.
  4. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium high heat. When it is very hot, place the steak into the pan and allow to sear for about 5 minutes. Flip and sear the steak on the second side for about 3 minutes, until it is medium rare or the desired doneness.
  5. While the steak is cooking, mix together a paste with the brown sugar, Sriracha, fish sauce, and lime juice. When the steak is cooked, transfer it to a platter and slather both sides with the paste. Let the steak rest for 10 minutes. Slice 1/4 inch slices against the grain, layer the slices over the dressed rice noodles, and pour over any juice that accumulated from slicing the steak.
  6. Prepare the garnish. Peel the cucumber and cut into 1 inch match sticks. Remove the stems of the snap peas. Arrange a platter with the vegetables, basil, and cilantro leaves.
  7. Serve the noodles and beef. Garnish with generous heaps of cucumbers, snap peas, and herbs. Sprinkle peanuts on top. Enjoy.
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Comments (16) Questions (0)


about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

I love this! Great flavor combo.


about 3 years ago Fairmount_market

Thanks hardlikearmour. I envy you all the great Asian food you have available to you in Portland. Less selection down here.


about 3 years ago cookinginvictoria

Sounds absolutely delicious -- so fresh and summery. I love all of the Vietnamese flavors going on here.


about 3 years ago Fairmount_market

Thanks cookinginvictoria. I love all the fresh herbs in Vietnamese food.


about 3 years ago gingerroot

I love everything about this, Fairmount_market! YUM!


about 3 years ago Fairmount_market

Thanks gingerroot. I've made this a number of times, but the last time was especially delicious with very fresh cucumbers and snap peas from the farmers market.


about 3 years ago Sagegreen

I think this is a great way to serve flank steak. Am making this week.


about 3 years ago Fairmount_market

Thanks. I hope you like it! I recommend a 1:1 ratio of noodles to green toppings.


about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

thanks for the reminder that this is a great way to use leftover flank steak!


about 3 years ago Fairmount_market

I suspect many of us have flank steak leftovers this week.


about 3 years ago healthierkitchen

sounds really delicious!


about 3 years ago Fairmount_market

Thanks healthierkitchen. It makes a nice, healthy meal and is very versatile. You can easily change around the vegetables (e.g. matchstick carrots or bell peppers).


about 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

wow, this sounds really yummy!!


about 3 years ago Fairmount_market

Thanks aargersi!


about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

This sounds wonderful and I will definitely make it with my leftover flank steak.


about 3 years ago Fairmount_market

let me know how you like it.