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Thai Spicy Beef Salad Recipe (Yum Nua)

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This is a very quick and easy recipe to make, and all the ingredients are easy to source. The marinated fried beef is mixed with a great balance of hot, sour and salty flavours, and the vegetables provide freshness and crunch to the dish. Prepare your vegetables whilst the beef is marinating to save time.

Yum nua (spicy beef salad) is best served with jasmine rice or sticky rice to soak up the sauce, but you can eat it on its own as a quick light snack. Can be served hot or cold, and you should fry the beef according to your own preference (e.g rare/medium/well done). This recipe is not particularly spicy, but you can make it hotter by adding more chilli.

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spicy beef salad ingredients list

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  • 300g beef frying steak (any beef can be used)
  • 2 chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 sliced cucumber
  • 3 tbsp chilli paste
  • 3 chopped red chilli
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 finely chopped lemongrass
  • 3 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup of sliced spring onion and coriander for garnishing

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Step 1: First we need to thinly slice the beef into thin strips. Then place the strips into a mixing bowl along with 3 tbsp of oyster sauce. Mix the sauce into the beef and leave it to marinate for 10 minutes.

adding the oyster sauce to beef steak

Step 2: Heat a pan or wok with some cooking oil on a high heat, then add the marinated beef. Stir fry the beef until it is cooked to your preference, then turn off the heat.

frying the beef and oyster sauce

Step 3: Add 1 tbsp of sugar to the pan and stir it in. Then pour the beef and sauce into a mixing bowl.

adding the beef to mixing bowl

Step 4: Now add 3 tbsp of chilli paste, 3 tbsp of lime juice, 3 tbsp of fish sauce, 3 chopped red chillies, 1 finely chopped lemongrass, and 1/2 sliced cucumber. Toss the salad until all of the ingredients are thoroughly mixed in.

tossing the spicy beef salad

Step 5: Add 1/4 cup of sliced spring onion and coriander, or whatever garnishing you want, mix one final time, and then serve!

tossing the thai beef salad

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You can serve this with steamed jasmine rice or just on its own. We hope you enjoyed this recipe, please give it a try and let us know what you think! What is your favourite Asian salad? Let us know in the comments below!

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