Nam tok (“waterfall” beef salad) is a popular dish in the northeast region of Thailand. Straightforward and quick, this recipe for a similar spicy beef salad uses shredded beef, but it’s possible to use a one-pound piece of sirloin or flank steak as a substitute depending on your taste. Whatever cut you choose, it’s important that you cook it to just medium rare to enjoy its rich flavor, which complements the delightfully pungent dressing.
Thai-Inspired Spicy Beef Salad
Serves | 4 |
Dressing (Yields 1¾ cups)
- 1 tsp honey
- ½ cup fish sauce
- ½ cup fresh-squeezed lime juice
- ½ tsp Thai roasted chile powder
- ¼ cup coconut water
Thai Spicy Beef Salad
- 1 lb shredded raw beef
- 1 cup long-grain white rice
- 6 shallots, thinly sliced
- ¼ cup roughly chopped cilantro
- ¼ cup roughly chopped mint
- dressing (recipe follows)
- 1 head cabbage, quartered
| Preparation – Dressing | In a bowl, combine all ingredients. Adjust seasoning to taste and set aside.
| Preparation – Thai Spicy Beef Salad | In a preheated grill pan (or directly under a broiler), cook beef to medium rare, rapidly flipping to avoid overcooking, approximately 2 to 5 minutes (or 6 to 8 minutes for a steak). Remove from pan and allow to rest.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread rice evenly across a rimmed baking sheet and toast in oven until slightly golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Meanwhile, combine shallots, cilantro and mint in a large bowl. Once rice is cool, transfer to a grinder and grind until it appears like salt. Set aside.
Add beef to bowl with shallots and toss to combine. Add dressing and toss to incorporate. Place a quarter wedge of cabbage on each plate, evenly distribute beef mixture on top and sprinkle with toasted rice. Serve immediately.
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