Special Asian Beef Salad

January 26, 2023  Cambodian Chef Avatar
Special Asian Beef Salad

The Special Asian Beef Salad is a tantalizing dish that combines an array of vibrant flavors and textures. It features thinly sliced, high-quality beef paired with aromatic ingredients such as lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, shallots, and eggplants. The infusion of prahok, a savory Cambodian fermented fish paste, along with lime juice, fish sauce, and a hint of sugar, creates a zesty and well-balanced dressing. This salad is further enhanced with the addition of red onion, bean sprouts, and a medley of fresh herbs like mint and basil.

The preparation begins by briefly boiling the beef to achieve a tender and medium-rare consistency. It is then drained and set aside. In a small bowl, the prahok juice, lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, minced chili, and smashed garlic are combined to form a flavorful dressing. This dressing brings together the tanginess of lime, the umami of fish sauce, and the unique depth of prahok, creating a distinctive flavor profile.

In a larger mixing bowl, the cooked beef is combined with the fragrant lemongrass, thinly sliced kaffir lime leaves, shallots, and optional roasted rice powder. This mixture is then dressed with the prahok and lime dressing, ensuring every ingredient is well-coated. The addition of eggplants, red onion, and bean sprouts provides a delightful contrast of textures and flavors.

To finish, the salad is garnished with a generous amount of fresh herbs, allowing their aromatic essence to elevate the overall dish. The flavor can be adjusted to personal preference, ensuring a perfect balance of savory, tangy, and spicy notes. This Special Asian Beef Salad is best enjoyed served with rice, making it a satisfying and complete meal. With its harmonious blend of ingredients, this salad offers a delightful culinary experience that showcases the richness and complexity of Asian flavors.


1 lb (900 gram) of good beef slices thin
2 to 3 cloves of garlic smash in mortar pestle
3 tablespoon of minced lemongrass
2 kaffir lime leaves slices thin
1 shallot slices thin
1 Aubergine eggplants sliced thin(Trop)
2 tablespoon of prahok (use the Vietnam brand liquid bottle is easy)
1/3 cup of lime juice or less up to your taste
1 tablespoon of fish sauce
Sugar as needed
1/2 red onion slices thin
1 cup of bean sprout
3 tablespoon of roasted rice powder (optional you can do without it)
2 cups of mix herbs like mint, basil, ect…
3 hot chilies minced

Directions to make Special Asian Beef Salad

  1. Boil water then pour over the meat, just cook the meat to medium rare (if the meat cook too long the salad won’t taste good) squeeze the water out then set the meat aside.
  2. In a small bowl combine the prahok juice, lime, fish sauce, sugar, chili and garlic mix well.
  3. In a larger bowl combine the meat, lemongrass, kaffir lime, shallot, roasted rice powder and juice mixture together mix well then add the rest of the vegetables.
  4. Garnish with herbs adjust the flavor to your liking.

Serve with rice


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 2

Calories Per Serving: 804

% Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate ‏69g 25%
Cholesterol ‏224mg 75%
Total Fat ‏25g 32%
Saturated Fat ‏9g 45%
Dietary Fiber ‏24g 86%
Protein ‏84g 168%
Sodium ‏1699mg 74%
Sugars ‏28g 56%


15 min


15 min




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