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Cambodian Beef Salad in Spicy Lime Dressing

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Beef Salad with Lime Dressing

Beef Salad with Spicy Lime Dressing

© Dennis K H Sim, licensed to About.com

This delicious and refreshing Cambodian Beef Salad in Spicy Lime Dressing is a big favorite not just in Cambodia but also in Vietnam and Thailand. In Cambodia, it is usually served in restaurants or as part of a celebration. It makes a great starter and the combination of the beef and herbs with the spicy and tangy dressing is ideal for whetting the appetite for the main course.

This recipe serves 2.

Ingredients:

  • ½ lb sirloin steak
  • ¼ cup beansprouts
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1½ Tbsp cooking oil
  • Salt to taste
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  • Dressing
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  • 4 Tbsp fish sauce
  • Juice of 1 calamansi lime
  • 2 cloves diced garlic
  • 3 diced bird’s eye chilies
  • 1 Tbsp sugar

Preparation:

Dressing

To prepare the dressing beat the fish sauce, lime juice and sugar in a bowl until the sugar has dissolved.

Stir in the garlic and chillies.

  1. Rub the steak with salt. Heat the oil in a frying pan or wok. When the oil starts to smoke, turn the flame down and place the steak in the hot oil. Let it cook for 3-4 minutes before turning it over. Allow it to cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  2. Drain the steak of any excess oil. Cut into ¼ inch thick slices.
  3. In a salad bowl, toss the beef, beansprouts, basil leaves, mint leaves and dressing until well mixed.

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