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Thai Beef Salad, 'Yum Nuea'

Thai Beef Salad, 'Yum Nuea'

One of our favorite recipes, the meat is barbequed then tossed with a delicious mixture of sweet, sesame-inspired smoky hot sauce and fresh vegetables. It should be served with jasmine rice, but it's also delicious with sticky rice (soaking up the sauce).

Yam nuea literally means "tossed beef". This is a simple beef "salad", and can be eaten hot or cold. This should be on the hot side of neutral, but really is more spicy than "hot". It is normal to add sunstantial amounts of hot condiments to it to suit yourself (see the section on condiments below).

Ingredients

For 4 Person(s)

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Top Sirloin Beef

Ingredients For Salad

Ingredients For Sauce

Ingredients For Namprik Narok

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Method for Thai Beef Salad, 'Yum Nuea'

Start with 1 lb beef such as top sirloin, what we used in this recipe.

Barbeque the beef, and thinly slice it into bite sized pieces. Combine with the salad ingredients, and mix the sauce and toss the whole.

Serve with sticky rice, lettuce, condiments and dipping sauce. You can also put a few thai green peppercorns on the bbq and add them with the garnish (makes a very nice touch, as this all goes together very well).

Condiments

Serve with the usual Thai condiments. You can also add fish sauce, dark sweet soy, and sriracha sauce if you wish.

Dips

A useful "auxiliary dipping sauce" is made by mixing one part dark soy with one part Worcestershire sauce, one part fish sauce and one part hot mustard.

Another dipping sauce is the following (known as nam prik narok in Thai, it is translated as "Hell Fire Sauce" in English).

Method For Namprik Narok

Flake the fish and deep fry until the flakes turn golden brown. Chop the chilis, shallots and garlic, then [charcoal] broil them briefly and beat the ingredients together in a mortar and pestle or food processor to form a smooth paste. Place in a small saucepan or wok and cook on medium high until the mixture forms a bubbling paste.

The resultant sauce paste may be stored, when cold, in a tight fitting jar, for several weeks.

Variants: This can also be made with pork (yum moo), or even with shrimp (yum khoong). An interesting variant is to use thinly sliced luncheon meat or even Spam. Vegetarians can experiment with using a julienned vegetable mix in place of the meat.

Beef salad yum nuea

Beef salad yum nuea

Sauce ingredients

Sauce ingredients

Barbeque the beef

Barbeque the beef

Slice into pieces

Slice into pieces

Put them all together

Put them all together

Add the sauce & mix

Add the sauce & mix



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  • Anonymous

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Best beef salad ever... But to much ginger and galic over powering the dish. Still tastes great though!!

  • Tawny

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    This salad is awesome...Tapes mom use to make it...I love that it shows the steps on how to prepare it.

  • Daniella

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Fabulous - very authentic. I am in love with your site. At last I can cook thai. Thank you

  • Jon Floyd

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    I have made this for years, friends ask for it all the time.

  • issyj5

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    My mom who happens to be from Korat, Thailand showd me a different way to make this, but this is one of my favorite of all time.....

  • Anonymous

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    MMMMMM... fantastic. low fat and each bite intoxicates

  • Mars

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    To the person who described this as intoxicating, I agree! I've tried to replicate this, and finally have a real recipe to work with. Thanks so much!

  • dib

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    I had been making this on my own without the ginger and garlic or sweet/dark soy, and it was good, but this recipe took it to a new level. I added a tsp. of unrefined sugar and regular soy sauce instead of the sweet/dark soy and it worked well. Love this site, btw.

  • Anonymous

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    I made this last night ,I live with 2 men and the response from my husband was fill the bowl up again and a 10 out of 10 from my son ,great flavours and so simple to make ,I did add oregano and mint leaves though ,loved it

  • Anonymous

    Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Lol this is similar to how my husband makes beef salad.


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