Fried Spinach (Rau Muong Xao)
Yield: 4 Servings
6 oz Rump steak 1 Medium onion 1 ts Black pepper 1 1/2 tb Fish sauce (nuoc mam) 1 tb Cornstarch 1 Fresh spinach 1 Large tomato 1 Clove of garlic 3 tb Oil Trim any fat from steak. Sliced thinly. Chop onion finely and combine with meat, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 1/2 tablespoon fish sauce and cornstarch. Rinse spinach and cut each leaf into 3 pieces. Slice tomato into thin wedges and crush garlic. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil in a frying pan. Add remaining garlic and stir fry until fragrant. Add spinach and stir fry for 3 minutes. Add remaining fish sauce and tomato. Stir fry 2 minutes, then remove to a heated serving platter. Heat remaining oil in frying pan. Add meat and stir fry for 5 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons waterif meat sticks to pan. Remove meat from pan and sprinkle over spinach. Sprinkle with pepper and serve.