Being an introvert when I was little (and still am now), middle school life became easier when I met my best friend Tam, who is now my sister-in-law! Her being a popular kid in school, there were perks to know her in middle school. Our contrast personalities ironically bond our relationship to this day. Sometimes, she still jokes that when she gave me rides to school, she felt she was riding by herself because of my silence. While our personality can be quite opposite, we did share the same love for food, and none was stronger than the love for beef jerky.
One of perks of knowing her was she knew all the street food vendors and where the hidden gems were. I was introduced to Goi Du Du Kho Bo, or papaya salad with beef jerky. Usually, they will give you a lot of papaya and very little beef jerky. Extra beef jerky would cost more. I can’t help to think that it may have been because there was less, that caused us to enjoy it more and to crave it.
It’s 20 years later, we’re lucky to have shared moments and experiences like that together. She’s still the popular sister-in-law in the family and I’m still silently enjoying the perks of knowing her. I’m thankful for beef jerky and papaya salads for bring us together!
- 2lb beef eye round roast (cut it along the grain)
- ¼ cup lemongrass (minced)
- 3 tablespoons minced garlic
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoon beef broth powder (or 1 tablespoon salt)
- 2 teaspoon 5 spices powder
- ¼ cup less sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons cooking wine
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspn chili flakes (optional, if you like it spicy)
- After cutting the beef into slices, give the beef a good pound to flaten the slices using a meat tenderizer.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all spices together. Use your hands and rub the seasonings on both side of the beef.
- Cover with plasstic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours, or better over night
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees
- Spread the beef on the cooling rack and place the rack on the tray. Don't forget to line the tray with aluminium foil for easier clean up
- Bake for 35 minutes until the beef gets dry. Cooking time will varies depend on the thickness of the beef. While baking, crack the oven door open to allow moisture to come in
- Flip the beef over and continue to bake on the other side, about 30 minutes until the slices are dry to your desire
- Remove and transfer to air sealed containers.