June 2010: 1st place, prize winning Thai Beef Salad

Mana Foods' Chef Ann Gale recently won first place for her Thai Beef Salad (see recipe below) in the Maui Cattle Company cooking contest. This is the first contest Ann has every entered and she took the blue ribbon! The cooking contest was held at the 30th Annual Upcountry Ag & Farm Fair last weekend, June 12 and 13, 2010.


6 New York steaks

1 medium red onion

1 basket Hana Fresh cherry tomatoes

3 stalks of Maui lemongrass

½ bunch locally grown cilantro

2 tablespoons fish sauce

2 Maui limes

1 tablespoon red chili flakes (more to taste if you like)

4-6 tablespoons olive oil Lettuce for garnish

Slice of red bell pepper for garnish

Sear 6 NY steaks with 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil. Slice thinly and set aside. Chop cilantro and lemongrass, mix with fish sauce, red chili flakes, juice of two limes, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Thinly slice the red onion and cherry tomatoes. Toss with herb mixture. Add steak. Serve on a bed of lettuce and garnish with a slice of red pepper.Serves 6-8 people.