This is not the most beautiful recipe I've shared with you, but the taste of this Vietnamese Beef dish certainly makes up for it. The combination of fish sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, and lime juice tells me there's a chance that I'm going to get over full after the meal. And there's nothing I want to change about that.
Something else that I love about Vietnamese food is something that I discovered by accident. I was cooking my rice to pair with dinner and I let it cook a little too long; not so long that it burned but long enough that the rice touching the bottom of the pot was a little crispy.
I hadn't made enough rice to waste the crispy rice, so I just scraped it off the bottom and stirred everything together, hoping that no one would notice. I noticed, but in a good way! The texture of the crispy bottom rice provided another layer to the dish that I hadn't expected and now I'll try to get crispy rice when I make this dish again!