Fill crisp lettuce leaves with sliced flank steak topped with a zesty sauce made from lime juice, brown sugar, and minced pepper. Soba noodle salad complements the meaty lettuce wraps and brings another texture to the plate.
Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle steak with salt and pepper. Place steak in pan; cook 5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove from pan; let stand 10 minutes. Cut steak diagonally across the grain into thin slices.
Combine juice, fish sauce, sugar, and jalapeño in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Reserve 4 teaspoons juice mixture in a small serving bowl. Pour remaining juice mixture in a large bowl; add steak, tossing to coat. Place 1 1/2 ounces beef in center of each lettuce leaf; top each with 2 tablespoons onion, 2 tablespoons mint, 1 tablespoon cucumber, and 1 tablespoon cilantro. Sprinkle evenly with peanuts; roll up. Serve with reserved juice mixture.
Soba noodle salad: Cook 6 ounces soba noodles according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain well. Combine noodles, 1/3 cup chopped green onions, and 1/3 cup matchstick-cut carrots in a large bowl. Combine 1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, 1 tablespoon fish sauce, 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce, 2 teaspoons sambal oelek, and 1 teaspoon brown sugar in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Drizzle vinegar mixture over noodle mixture; toss well.
I thought these would be pretty good but they far exceeded my expectations! Yes, they were a bit messy, but when you combined all the flavors together they were incredible. After I made the sauce it looked like such a small amount that I ended up doubling it...I defintely don't think thats necessary. My grocery store didn't have bibb lettuce so I bought one of those living lettuce heads with smaller leaves. That actually worked out better because they were 2 bite little lettuce wraps that were easier to eat. I was a little scared of the jalepeno so I only put in half but I didn't even notice it! I didn't bother with the soba salad. For two of us we just ate this and still had at least a third of the meat left over. Delicious and easy weeknight meal.
This was quite tasty! Made it exactly as the recipe called for and enjoyed it thoroughly. BUT... the Soba Noodle recipe which accompanied this one in the magazine - was BLAND. Thankfully I'd also made bok choy and we mixed that in for some added flavor, but I was disappointed in the noodle recipe itself.
Really enjoyed the flavor of these wraps, but they are super messy once you pour the juice on. I couldn't find English cucumber, so went with regular instead. I made the Soba Noodle Salad as referenced with the recipe, and it complemented the wraps very well. Probably would not make the wraps again as they are messy. I can see this making a great salad though.
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