Hoisin Flank Steak with Asian Cucumber Salad

  • Buklbny Posted: 08/16/10
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    The cucumber salad was the best part of this meal. We also did the wonton "chips," and they were something fun and different as well. The flank steak was just so-so: basically steak brushed with hoisin- what's not to like, but nothing special. Next time, I would marinate the meat for deeper and stronger flavor.

  • carolfitz Posted: 03/09/10
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    Made to recipe & grilled the steak on the George Foreman with very good results -- probably would be better on the bbq. Folks are right about the intentional sweetness of the marinade & salad dressing. You could add a bit of Sriracha to the marinade or decrease the amount of sugar to taste in the dressing. For us, the flavors were fine as directed. The wonton crisps were a nice touch.

  • momtoze Posted: 06/16/09
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    Very good! I don't recall the amount of time I needed to grill the steak (did it outside) but I make flank steak frequently enough that I just knew how long to do it. Probably about 5 minutes/side. The salad is so tasty - love it! I've made it several times and my family raved when they came for dinner. I have also used the marinade on boneless chicken breast and it was really good. I made double the amount and boiled the leftover marinade while the chicken grilled and used it as sauce.

  • csaunders80 Posted: 03/23/09
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    I am only rating the cucumber salad because that is all that I have made. The only reason that I did not rate this 5 stars is because I did not like the taste of the fish sauce. I think that I just don't like fish sauce! If anyone has any ideas for a good substitution please let me know. Other than that, this was great! It came together in minutes and it tastes great and fresh.

  • guinness4029 Posted: 04/02/09
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    I thought this was a terribly easy recipe. It took about 20 minutes to make everything (including cooking time). The sauce on the steak was a bit plain, imo. Also I had to lessened the cooking time on the steak to 5 min and 2, and it was over cooked. I made the salad in the food processor and it came together really fast. I felt there needed to be some zing to the dish, and it just isn't there yet. Maybe some chili garlic sauce.

  • MarshaK Posted: 03/30/09
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    I made the beef (but not the veggies) and am eating some right now on my lunch hour. Did the meat on the outside grill - very tasty. I doubled the ginger & the orange peel. Wish the cut of meat had been a little more tender. Will definitely make for company.

  • themarme Posted: 03/27/09
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    I made this and it was delicious. After reading the previous rating, I exchanged the fish sauce for 1 teaspoon of anchovy paste. It was delicious. I would make this for company. I am not a fish person so I think the substitute was good for me. The flavors all enhanced each other. Very good.

  • Victoria67 Posted: 04/20/09
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    Cooking time on instructions seemed a bit too long. Might try 5 minutes per side next time. Overall very good. I will make again.

  • Hannah1230 Posted: 04/21/09
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    This was really good! I made the salad very chunky and really enjoyed it. I ate it cold for lunch today and let the sauce from the salad mix with the meat as well. Very tasty! My husband loved it!

  • damnedbee Posted: 07/24/09
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    I didn't care for this. I don't eat much sugar and found the meat overwhelmingly sweet. The vegetable side dish was good in theory but it was also overly sweet and had a soggy texture from the moisture in the cucumber.

  • Belladonna714 Posted: 04/14/11
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    Loved it! I marinated the steak in the sauce for a day and a half to tenderize and cooked it on the grill, preheated to 500 degrees and left the lid open, basting the entire time. It took about 5 min each side for a rare center. The salad was light and refreshing. I also made the wonton chips which I though were a great addition to the meal but they took more like 10 minutes to crisp up. I will definitely make this meal again and would absolutey make this for company!

  • jenfur13 Posted: 04/14/11
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    Because of what some previous reviewers said, I tweaked it just a tad. I added some chili-garlic sauce and a couple tablespoons of sesame-soy-ginger vinaigrette to the hoisin mixture to make a marinade. I placed it in a zip-top bag in the fridge for a couple hours. I also added a bit of sesame oil to the cucumber salad. With the wonton chips, it was a perfect quick weeknight meal (instead of julienne-ing the carrots myself, I used pre-shredded carrots from trader joe's).

  • JessieSalem0423 Posted: 07/13/11
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    Amazing! We love it. The husband had a huge second helping.

  • steponme Posted: 04/10/12
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    The meal as a whole was a strange combination, but it was a good strange. Everyone enjoyed it. After reading other reviews, I also tweaked my meat; added a teas. sesame oil, a tablespoon of siraracha sauce & marinated about 35 min. I don't care for Chin. 5 spice powder, so I made my chips using CL Sesame Won Ton Chips recipe. Next time, i'll make the chips a day ahead to eliminate an additional step.

  • kkaren23 Posted: 04/09/12
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    Perfect dish except for the lack of garlic. I'll put a few slivers in the steak before I cook it. I will also bump the hoison sauce mixture into a marinade for marinating a few hours. The crispy wonton skins were a big hit. I'll double the Asian salad, there wasn't enough for us three!

  • stimply Posted: 04/11/12
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    Overall, this was tasty. The cucumber salad especially was tasty. I would make some changes to the meat part. The orange zest tastes out of place. I will try lime zest next time, since there is lime in the salad. As others have mentioned, the meet needs some heat/spice. As I marinated it for a bit before broiling, I would add some red pepper flakes to that marinade. Love that it was quick and easy to make. A plus!

  • sandblower2 Posted: 04/17/12
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    Husband note: great salad...meat needed salt/pepper. (I used lime zest)

  • clc1040 Posted: 07/27/13
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    We loved all the aspects of these dishes! 2 of us finished everything in one sitting. I used skirt steak instead of flank steak which is more tender. I added a little more orange zest to the meat glaze. I could see adding some garlic to it and marinating for awhile.

  • daneanp Posted: 12/14/13
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    This was really good. DD isn't a big fan of flank steak (too chewy) and asked that I use the marinade on chicken next time. I did add some minced garlic to the marinade and kept the meat in it for about 5 hours before grilling. Served with the cucumber salad (delish) but with jasmine rice instead of the wontons.

  • AmberMommy Posted: 07/21/13
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    The salad and chips were wonderful, we LOVED them. The flavor on the steak felt a little weak, and I even left it to marinade for 15-20 min. I'll definitely make it again, and next time I'll marinade it for several hours, probably increase the ginger, and maybe add a touch of spice. I didn't find it to be too sweet like some others have commented. I did cut back the sugar on the salad and it was perfect!

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