It’s quick and simple to cook this dish. Stir-fried foods are popular in Vietnamese cuisine in particular and Oriental cuisines in general. In Vietnam, it is still a strong tradition that family members eat together at meal times, including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Everyday the mother or daughter prepare the meal and every family members return home after work or school to have fun time around the dining table.
A normal and typical meal often contains three dishes (we don’t have such definition of a meal with several courses as we eat all the dishes at the same time and everyone serves himself). So, with two main meals a day, I can say that stir-fried dish appear almost everyday on dining table in a family.
Therefore, a simple yet delicious, and more importantly, time-saving stir-fried food is always welcomed by most housewives (as they are working and busy too). This is one of the stir-fried dishes many Vietnamese housewives know and like to cook for their families.
Ingredients (serves 2)
- 100g lean beef, thinly sliced
- 1 tsp fish sauce
- 1 tsp oyster sauce
- 1/4 tsp ground pepper
- 1/4 small pumpkin (about 250g), cut into small pieces
- 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
- vegetable oil, as needed
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- salt, as needed
- 1 stalk spring onion, finely chopped
- 1 stalk langer koriander, finely chopped
- Combine the beef with fish sauce, oyster sauce and pepper.
- Heat the oil in a skillet, add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds until fragrant. Add the beef, stirring quickly until the beef is nearly done. Remove the beef from the skillet. Set aside.
- Add the pumpkin and some water (if necessary). Stir-fry the pumpkin until nearly done. Return the beef to the pan, add the onion, and stir-fry together until the beef is done and pumpkin is softened. Season with salt.
- Just before removing from the heat, toss in the chopped spring onion and langer koriander.