A slightly sweet, yet savory Asian inspired dish that’ll have you grabbing for your slow cooker. This easy-to-make soy braised beef with a tomato, mint and onion salad is the perfect option for your next dinner party with friends or family!
We tend to reserve the slow cooker meals for when the weather starts to cool down, but since that’s still months away for us here in California, I was eager to try something new. You don’t typically see a lot of Asian inspired meals come from the slow cooker. Rather than whisking away over a wok, this soy braised beef recipe is incredibly easy to create and the flavors are so delicious. The addition of the tomato, mint and onion salad provides a lightness to a rather hearty meal. I’m lucky enough to have an abundance of fresh mint growing in my garden right now and it gave me the perfect excuse to toss it in with a recipe.
The savory flavors of the soy braised beef are definitely meant to be enjoyed over a bed of rice or noodles. Chopsticks, however, are optional.
Soy Braised Beef with a Tomato Mint & Onion Salad
- 2 lbs beef brisket (ask for The Flat cut), trimmed into large chunks
- 3 tbsp light brown sugar, packed
- 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 3 tbsp rice vinegar
- 2 tbsp fish sauce
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper + extra for seasoning
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup mint leaves
- sesame seeds, for garnish
- 2 cups uncooked jasmine long grain rice
- In a slow cooker or dutch oven, combine the brisket, brown sugar, garlic, rice vinegar, fish sauce, soy sauce, red pepper flakes and ground pepper. Stir gently.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours, until beef is tender.
- In a small bowl, combine halved cherry tomatoes, mint and onion. Set aside.
- Once beef is cooked, remove from slow cooker and place on a tray. Garnish with the sesame seeds and the tomato, mint & onion salad. Add ground pepper, to taste.
- Serve over a bed of jasmine rice and drizzle with remaining juices from the slower cooker.
- Just note when it comes to preparing the jasmine rice that it more than triples in size once cooked. Two cups of uncooked rice will yield enough cooked rice to serve 4-6 people.
Like many other braised meat dishes, the taste gets even better the following day once the meat has had time to soak up the marinade and enhance all the flavors. So whether you have a dinner party planned or not, don’t fret because the leftovers are even tastier! It’s ok to be greedy every once in awhile, especially when it comes to a recipe like this. Given the rich, spicy flavors in this dish, Cambria's Tepusquet Vineyard Syrah is the perfect option to sip and enjoy. Its bold, balanced flavors can handle the heartiness of the soy braised beef and complement the tomato, mint and onion salad.
Let this recipe be the first glimpse into fall, but be sure to enjoy the remaining days and weeks left of summer!
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