thai chili beef.

While my parents were visiting over Easter weekend, we attended another fabulous cooking class at the Johnson & Wales campus in Providence. Growing up in southern Indiana, I wasn't exposed to many "ethnic" foods, but my world opened up when I went to Georgetown. My first dinner out in DC was at a Thai restaurant--and I've been in love ever since. When I saw the Tantalizing Thai class pop up on the J&W schedule, I knew we had to attend. The class was collaborative and we were randomly picked to do create one of the main dishes: Thai Chili Beef. The final product was ah-mazing, if I do say so myself.

3 pounds of beef tenderloin - sliced into thin strips {less than 1/4 of an inch in thickness}
5 garlic cloves minced {if you aren't a huge fan of garlic, you can use less!}
2 tablespoons of salt
1 1/2 teaspoons of freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons of fish sauce
3 tablespoons of oyster sauce {though the oyster sauce is optional!}
1 1/2 tablespoons of brown or palm sugar
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
5 Thai or jalape├▒o chiles {seeded and sliced}
3 red bell peppers {sliced very thin}
1 cup of cilantro sprigs

-Mix the beef with the garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl 
-Set aside this beef mixture to marinate for at least 15 minutes
-Mix together the fish sauce, oyster sauce and brown sugar in a small bowl to form a sauce and set aside
-Heat the oil over a high flame in a wok {or deep skillet}
-Add the chiles and red bell peppers then stir fry rapidly for about 30 seconds
-Add the marinated beef and stir fry quickly for 1-2 minutes {or until the beef is cooked through}
-Reduce heat to low, then add the sauce ingredients and toss to coat the beef
-Remove from heat and serve hot {with jasmine rice if you wish}
-Garnish with cilantro sprigs
**recipe adapted from the one presented in class**

This recipe should serve ten or so people, but I could have eaten the entire dish myself. We decided a little less oyster sauce than suggested would reduce the saltiness, but other than that, the recipe was a serious winner. It will definitely be added to the dinner rotation in our apartment!

What new dinner recipes have you discovered lately? Share them below, pretty please! xoxo {av}



  1. Umm that sounds delightful. And like I should be having it for dinner tonight. Nom nom.

  2. I always add the tiniest bit of brown sugar into my chili too for an unexpected savory hint of sweet! I definitely want to add this to my list of dishes to attempt - thank you for sharing the recipe xo

  3. That looks amazing. I'm hosting a link up next thursday April 11. Show me your favorite Spring trend. Hope to see you there.


  4. that looks amazing! do you take cooking classes at johnson & whales often? i wish we were closer so we could try them out!

    i was just in providence and went to the most most adorable little cafe, seven stars, i think? they had an overabundance of delicious things :)!

  5. I've always wanted to take a Thai cooking class :) Luke is from Indiana too and hadn't really heard of Thai food until he moved out here & now he's hooked! :)

  6. Yum, this dish sounds amazing! I'm a huge fan of Thai food, but I never really make it at home so this would be a great way to branch out a little more--thanks for sharing! xoxo

  7. Oh looks so so good. Will have to give it a try!

  8. I LOVE Thai food! And I'm super psyched that I can actually get all of these ingredients in France! Pinning & Making :)