1. Food

Cambodian Beef Salad in Spicy Lime Dressing


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.


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



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.

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.