Thai Spicy Beef Salad
This Beef Salad was a really pleasant surprise for me. A lovely Thai spicy beef salad, ideal to accompany barbecue food, or just a light lunch on its own and good if you’re on a diet too.
The surprise was how refreshing it is, with such a burst of flavours instantly, combined with a lovely after taste now makes it one of my favourite recipes. It’s often known as Warm Beef Salad because if you get it fast enough the beef is still warm! Beautiful and Khwanjai gives the beef her secret flavour treatment too.
There’s a list of BBQ recipes below that this Spicy beef Salad will go great with, watch the video to get the best from this recipe, it’s jammed with top tips to avoid spoiling this lovely balanced spicy, sour salad.
How to Make Spicy Beef Salad
Ingredients: For 2 People
300gm Beef (frying steak)
Fresh Salad Lettuce for presentation (1 cup)
4 Thai chillies
1 Spring Onion (scallion)
1/2 Cup Cucumber chopped
1/3 Cup Coriander (cilantro)
1 1/2 Limes
1 Tbs Fish sauce
1 Tbs Oil (rendered pork fat)
1 Tbs Sesame Oil
2 ts Sugar
2 ts Chicken stock powder (1/2 cube)
Chop Thai chillies finely
Chop Tomato into 6 or 8 wedges
Tear Coriander to fill 1/3 cup (cilantro)
Chop Spring Onion into small logs (scallion)
Slice Cucumber and Shallots
Tear enough lettuce to fill a cup see photo
Preparing the Beef:
Place beef in a bowl squeeze on the juice of 1/3 of a lime and add sesame seed oil, mix well and leave to stand for 10-15 minutes
Cooking the Beef:
Use 1 ts of rendered pork fat a low heat in the wok/skillet and fry beef for about 5 minutes turning as you go to get a lovely brown colour
Preparing the Dressing:
Squeeze the juice from 1 Lime into a bowl and add the Fish sauce, Sugar and Chicken stock Powder, stir until dissolved.
Making the Salad:
Add Chillies and shallots to the bowl stirring, followed by Tomatoes, Cucumber and stir in gently.
Next take the beef and cut into nice small slices and mix in with the salad
Lastly add the Spring onions and coriander and you’re… Done!
You just learned how to make a Thai Spicy Beef Salad
This Thai Beef Salad can be a delicious meal on its own or more usually served as a shared extra at the table to compliment something barbecued. May we suggest our Barbecue Pork Ribs delicious! Or maybe our Thai Sweet Chicken or Fried Chicken or perhaps my favourite Chicken or Pork Satay Be sure and visit our other Thai Salad Classes, Thai Egg Salad and our Green Papaya Salad aka Som Tam.
Khwanjai’s Top Tips:
If you know how to make it, use rendered pork fat to fry the beef, what a fantastic flavour. If you don’t know how to make it watch this How To Render Pork Fat Video.
Look out for the taste test, similar to the Spicy Egg Salad recipe you should taste the dressing before you add the ingredients and again before you add the Beef to get a better idea of where you want to be, remembering that it’s impact will be softened by the addition of the beef. You’ll see in the video I thought it was a tiny bit salty but after a few tastes I realised that was just the first flavour and it all came into balance in subsequent slurps.
Something I didn’t know about Lime Juice… Watch and find out….
Alternative vegetables? Try Radish instead of spring onions (scallions) or shallots. You could also use bell peppers but be aware they will sweeten things up a bit particularly red and yellow ones
Print the recipe so you can make your own notes. Khwanjai still does this every time she tries something new especially with a versatile recipe like this and she experiments.
Questions and sharing below….