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This is the dish by which I judge the quality of a Thai restaurant. Pork, chicken, or simply vegetables can be used with the sauce. I have used the sauce as a marinade for grilled fish as well.

Thai Beef Salad (Yum Nuea)
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Thai
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Serves: 6
  • 1 pound top sirloin
  • ¼ cup sliced onions, separated
  • 2 tomatoes, wedged or 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 medium cucumber, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced, or 3-4 whole, Thai chile peppers
  • ¼ cup fish sauce
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon sweet dark soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons minced ginger
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup chopped scallions
  • ¼ cup chopped shallots
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon chili oil
  1. Barbeque the beef, and thinly slice it into bite sized pieces. Combine with the salad ingredients, and mix the sauce and toss the whole.
  2. Serve with Jasmine rice to sop up the sauce (optional).