This recipe is from Filipino Top Chef Dale Talde. Don’t be fooled by the name; he used a simple fried chicken batter and applied it to beef. The original version required 1/2 cup of milk to make the batter, but I only had almond milk in the fridge that I didn’t really want to use, so I decided to skip it. It might not have made the batter stick the way it should, but my beef slices looked okay in the end without the milk. I also used lemon instead of lime and cut down the amount of ingredients needed here. This could have lasted 3 meals if only I stopped snacking on the meat while I cooked the pasta.
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
6 1/4-inch-thick slices of top-round beef
For the curry gravy:
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
a small knob of ginger, peeled, minced
1 tbsp curry powder
2 squirts of Sriracha
1/2 cup strong-brewed coffee
half a 13-ounce can unsweetened coconut milk
juice from half a lemon
1 tsp sugar
1. In a shallow plate, whisk the egg. In another plate, generously season the flour with salt and pepper. Dredge the beef in the flour, tapping off the excess. Dip the coated slices in the beaten egg and dredge again in the flour, lightly patting the coating to help it adhere.
2. In a large skillet, heat 1/2 inch of oil. Working in 2 batches, fry the steak over moderate heat, turning once, until golden and crispy, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels and season lightly with salt. Slice in strips when cool enough to the touch.
3. In the same skillet, add a little more oil and sauté the onion, garlic and ginger. Cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened. Add the curry powder and Sriracha and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the coffee and boil until reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Add the coconut milk, lemon juice and sugar, season the gravy with salt and pepper and simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes.
4. While the gravy is cooking, boil a pot of water and cook the egg noodles al dente, about 15 minutes. Drain and put in a serving bowl. Topped with the sliced chicken-fried steaks and pour over the curry gravy. Serve with some lemon wedges.