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From The Asian Reporter, V31, #7 (July 5, 2021), page 10.

Soy marinade makes weeknight steak simple

By Christopher Kimball

Christopher Kimballís Milk Street

A perfectly grilled steak requires more time and finesse than we can afford most weeknights.

Our solution: sirloin tips cut into quick-cooking chunks. The smaller pieces also offer greater surface area, making it easy to add flavor with a gingery marinade (and salty soy sauce ensures the meat absorbs as much of the flavor as possible).

In this recipe from our book Milk Street Tuesday Nights, which limits recipes to 45 minutes or less, we start with a 15-minute soak in a ginger-garlic-soy sauce marinade. Then the sirloin tips go under the broiler for a quick sear.

The rich, beefy steak is balanced with a cool salad of sliced cucumber and pear dressed with a tangy vinaigrette. And no need to hunt for the elusive, perfectly ripe pear. We like slightly under-ripe fruit for their firm, crisp texture; any variety will work.

Sirloin tips are sometimes labelled steakhouse-style steak tips; the cut also goes by "sirloin flap meat." If it isnít available, flat iron steak is a good alternative, but make sure it is about one-inch thick. And donít marinate the steak longer than 30 minutes or it will be too salty.

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Ginger-Soy Steak with Pear-Cucumber Salad

Start to finish: 40 minutes

Servings: 4

1/2 cup soy sauce

2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger

2 tablespoons white sugar, divided

1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

4 medium garlic cloves, finely grated

Kosher salt and ground white pepper

1 1/2 pounds sirloin tips, cut into 2-inch pieces

6 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar

1 English cucumber, quartered lengthwise, thinly sliced on the bias

1 firm pear, quartered, cored, and thinly sliced crosswise

1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

In a medium bowl, stir together the soy sauce, ginger, 1 tablespoon of the sugar, the sesame oil, garlic, and 1 teaspoon white pepper until the sugar dissolves. Add the beef and stir to coat. Cover and allow to sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a separate medium bowl, combine the vinegar, the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt. Stir in the cucumber and pear. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Heat the broiler and place the oven rack about 4 inches from the heat. Remove the beef from the marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Place the pieces on a wire rack set in a rimmed baking sheet. Cook until 125į Fahrenheit at the center for medium-rare, 7 to 10 minutes, turning the meat halfway through.

Drain the cucumber mixture and transfer to a large platter, arranging it on one side. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds. Arrange the steak opposite the salad.

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