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.
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 chilies.
- 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 minute.
- Drain the steak of any excess oil. Cut into ¼ inch thick slices.
- In a salad bowl, toss the beef, bean sprouts, basil leaves, mint leaves and dressing until well mixed.