Spicy Beef Salad

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By Neil Perry

Published 2008

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This Thai classic is so easy to put together. Look for balance with the Nam Jim dressing... if you like it really hot, dial up the other flavours so you get the heat with complexity. Most importantly, keep this very fresh tasting.


  • 200 g (7 oz) beef fillet
  • 1 small Spanish onion, finely sliced


To make the marinade, mix together the oyster sauce, fish sauce, sugar and sesame oil. Add the beef and refrigerate overnight to marinate. Remove from the fridge 2 hours before cooking.

To make the dressing, pound the lemongrass, chillies, garlic and sugar in a mortar with a pestle to form a fine paste. Mix the fish sauce and lime juice together and taste for balance.</