Tamarind beef stir fry with kohlrabi salad

Tamarind beef stir fry with kohlrabi salad


This fragrant beef stir fry recipe similar to a Thai beef salad, but makes use of Vietnamese mint and coriander roots and stalks which minimises waste and maximises flavour!


  • 1 tablespoon unrefined sugar (see tip)
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 fresh long red chilli, seeded, chopped finely
  • 2 small purple kohlrabi (440g), cut into matchsticks, leaves washed, shredded finely
  • 2 medium carrots (240g), cut into matchsticks
  • 500 grams (1 pound) beef fillet, sliced thinly
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh coriander (cilantro), leaves and roots separated
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind puree
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh vietnamese mint, leaves and stalks separated


  1. Place sugar, sauce, vinegar and chilli in a screw-top jar; shake well.
  2. Place kohlrabi, shredded kohlrabi leaves and carrot in a large bowl with dressing; toss gently to combine.
  3. Combine beef and garlic in a medium bowl.
  4. Heat a wok or large frying pan over high heat. Add peanuts to dry wok; stir-fry for 2 minutes until lightly browned. Remove from wok; chop coarsely.
  5. Finely chop coriander roots. Heat half the oil in wok; stir-fry coriander root for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add half the beef; stir-fry for 2 minutes. Remove from wok. Repeat with remaining oil and beef. Return beef to wok with tamarind; stir-fry to combine.
  6. Serve beef with kohlrabi salad, topped with herbs and peanuts.