Substitute sirloin with ribeye, rump or fillet steak
- Start by slicing the aubergines into 3mm thick slices. Place the sliced aubergines on paper towels, sprinkle with salt and leave aside until needed. This will draw out any bitterness.
- In the meantime, cook the noodles in boiling water until just tender. Drain, place in a bowl and set aside.
- In a bowl, mix together all the hoisin basting sauce ingredients until well combined. Halve the mixture into two separate bowls and set aside.
- Slice the sirloin into 6cm cubes and sprinkle over the Chinese five-spice powder until all the pieces are well seasoned.
- Prepare the kebabs by threading the beef cubes onto extra thick skewers, alternating a folded aubergine slice with a beef cube.
- Brush sesame seed oil over the meat and aubergines and grill on a hot fire. Baste the meat with one bowl of hoisin sauce basting and turn to cook on all sides to your preferred doneness; it will take approximately 8 minutes for medium-rare which is recommended.
- Whilst the meat is cooking (hopefully supervised by a braai master), heat a splash of sesame seed oil in a wok on a medium-high heat and stir-fry the remaining aubergine until soft.
- Add the onions, carrots and broccoli to the wok and cook until they have softened slightly but still have a good crunch to them.
- Remove the vegetables from the heat, stir in the egg noodles and the second bowl of hoisin basting sauce and toss to combine.
- Serve these Asian sirloin espetadas over the stir-fried vegetables and noodles and garnish with sesame seeds.
- 1kg sirloin
- 3 Tbsp Chinese five-spice powder
- 2 small aubergines
- Sesame seed oil, for frying
- 250g packet Chinese noodles of your choice
- 1 red onion, sliced into wedges
- 2 carrots, sliced lengthways and quartered
- 200g broccoli florets
- Sesame seeds, for garnish
Hoisin basting sauce:
- 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
- 1/4 cup soya sauce
- 2 Tbsp tomato sauce
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated
- 1 Tbsp garlic, crushed
- Juice of 1 lime
Tips & Tricks
These large espetada skewers can be cut into smaller beef cubes to make more kebabs for easy sharing.