Seu-uh Rong Hai (Weeping Tiger) Marinated Beef with Sour Sauce
For some of our Thai food dishes, we have some cultural stories attached to the food. I don’t know if you have this in your country, but we have a lot of this with our Thai food. For this beef with sour sauce, we have a story about a tiger who loved beef a lot and targeted cows for his favorite meal.
Unfortunately for him, there was a problem. Us! Humans are in competition for food, right? We all love to eat beef.
Here in Thailand, beef is the least eaten of the major foods. Pork, chicken, fish, and all seafood is eaten much more than beef for us here. I am not sure why, but maybe because cows eat a lot and they need a lot of space to roam around.
Here in Thailand, we turn every bit of ground into either agricultural land to grow vegetables and fruits or pave it for housing and cities.
Prepare the Beef and Veggies
- Beef Ribs – 2 lb (about 1 kg), chest part with some fat stuck to it.
- Oyster Sauce – 3 tbsp.
- Light Soy Sauce – 3 tbsp.
- Brandy – 1 tbsp.
- Coriander Leaves
Weeping Tiger Sour Sauce
- Lemon Juice – 2 tbsp.
- Chili Powder – 1 tsp (as much as you like).
- Fish Sauce – 3 tbsp.
- Palm Sugar – 1/2 tbsp.
- Roasted Uncooked Rice – 2 tbsp.
Beef with Sour Sauce Cooking Instructions
1. Slice the beef thick. Mix the slabs with oyster sauce, light soy sauce, and brandy in a big bowl. Wrap the bowl and leave it in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Sometimes my family forgets and we leave it there for an entire day and night. Up to you! The taste just gets better the longer you leave it to marinate.
2. Grill on low heat for about 8 minutes. Make it medium-cooked.
3. Cut it to a bite-size. Serve with tomatoes, cucumber, and lettuce. Dress the top with coriander leaves.
4. Make sour sauce with sour sauce ingredients. Roasted uncooked rice will make it smell so nice!
The Story – Why is our Tiger crying?
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Once upon a time, our Tiger was the king of the forest. There was nothing that could interfere with his choice of food and he took what he wanted. What animal could compete with a tiger? Not the leopards. Not the elephants, and they don’t eat meat. Not the eagles or crocodiles, the tiger was at the top of the food chain.
The tiger loved to hunt for cows. They were slow, didn’t bite back, and they had a lot of meat that could satisfy the tiger for weeks.
Once he caught a cow, he would jump to the chest part first as it was the most tasty piece of meat on the entire body of the cow.
“It was sweet and so soft,” the tiger said.
When it’s time for the humans to go hunting in the forest, crazy humans love the chest part too!!
So, whenever the Tiger saw the dead cow with its chest part already taken or when he was thinking
about humans eating the cow’s chest, he cried so hard as it was also his favorite part to eat.
Poor Tiger! What a silly and simple story about this delicious sour beef recipe, eh?