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Everyday Asian cooking: Lucky beef and tom yum sweet potato

In her new cookbook, "A Splash of Soy," Lara Lee celebrares everday Asian cooking.
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Chef and food writer Lara Lee is stopping by the TODAY kitchen to share a couple of her favorite recipes from her new cookbook "A Splash of Soy: Everyday Food from Asia." She shows us how to make "lucky" flank steak with a marinade that doubles as a sauce and roasted sweet potato flavored with tangy tom yum.

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Lucky Beef

The soy, ginger and five-spice marinade is a triumphant combination with seared flank steak. It is a highly flavored, loose-grained steak that is a prime cut for soaking up bold flavors.

Tom yum paste works as a phenomenal marinade for vegetables. In this recipe, caramelized oven-baked sweet potato wedges are coated in the hot and sour tom yum paste, which imparts its distinctive flavor of chiles, galangal, lemongrass and lime leaves. The two ingredients work beautifully together: Each bite bursts with heat and umami, and the chewy exterior and creamy center provide textural heaven.

If you like those easy Asian-inspired recipes, you should also try these:

Prawn and Chicken Fried Noodles (Mie Goreng Udang)
Sweet Soy Tempeh (Tempeh Manis)