Spicy Mint Beef

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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3 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 to 3 Thai chiles (such as prik kee noo) or serrano chiles, stemmed and thinly sliced

1 pound flank steak, very thinly sliced 

3 medium shallots, thinly sliced

1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices

1/4 cup fish sauce

2 tablespoons sweet soy sauce

2 tablespoons black soy sauce

1 tablespoon chili paste in soybean oil

1 1/2 cups chopped fresh Thai basil leaves (or regular basil)

1 cup whole fresh mint leaves

White rice, for serving


  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and chiles and cook until aromatic, about 30 seconds. Add the steak and cook, stirring frequently, 2 minutes. Add the shallots and bell pepper and cook 1 minute. Add the fish sauce, sweet soy sauce, black soy sauce and chili paste. Bring the mixture to a low simmer and cook, stirring frequently, until the meat is cooked through and the vegetables are tender, about 3 minutes. 
  2. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the basil and mint until wilted. Serve over rice. 

Cook’s Note

If you can't find sweet and black soy sauce, use 1/4 cup regular soy sauce mixed with 1/4 cup honey or sugar.