I was raised in a place in Penang called Pepper Estate, essentially a small housing “kampung” with mostly “grade 3” houses arranged haphazardly along narrow and steep roads. What it does not have though, is pepper plant.
At my current place, perhaps to remind myself of my origin, we planted a peppercorn plant at the garden, and the little thing has grown over the years and start to bear fruits on quite a regular basis. Birds usually got the most of it, but when I’m fast enough, I get myself some too!
While we mostly have peppers in dried & powdered format, raw green peppercorn does have its use, especially in Thai cuisine. Today I’m going to share my first dish with this ingredient – Stir Fry Green Peppercorn Beef
- 200 gram beef, thin slice
- few stalks of spring onion
- 1 red chili
- 3-4 cloves of garlic
- 1 small red onion
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- 2 tablespoon rice wine
- 1 tablespoon soya sauce
- 1 tablespoon dark soya sauce
- cooking oil
- a few stalks of raw green peppercorn, crush likely with pestle and mortar
- with some corn starch on the beef, marinate with rice wine, dark & normal soya sauce
- fry the beef half way and set aside (just about 1+ minutes)
- heat up oil and fry garlic and onion till fragrant
- add peppercorn
- add back beef and fry for another minute or so
- finish off with green onion and red chili
Result is a pretty delicious and fresh tasting beef dish with a bit of a kick. Try it!
Check out more simple recipe here.