Thai Beef Salad


When the idea of cooking Thai comes to mind, the first thing you think is its either too hard or impossible to find the ingredients.. both are generally true and especially in other countries where South East Asian cuisines are not as big as they are in Australia.

Since I’m trying to burn some buns for the summer, I’ve changed my diet to more salads and less carbs but  I’m no good at making  salads! They always tend to be plain, boring and tasteless so I decided to be a little adventurous and try making Thai beef salad.



It took about 20 minutes to put it all together but it’s the marinate that eats up most of the time so be prepared to plan for that!



–          About 700 g of Beef Rump Steak ( sliced to strips)

–          Grape Tomatoes halved

–          1 red onion (Optional)

–          1 Long red chilli (de-seeded and thinly sliced lengthways)

–          1 Continental cucumber ( sliced side-ways)

–           Bunch of mint leaves

–          Bunch of parsley leaves

–          Bunch of fresh Thai Basil leaves (must be Thai basil)

–          4 Kaffir Leaves (shredded)

Note: please don’t think of substituting Thai Basil for normal basil because the complete taste has a lot to do with the complete flavour of this dish! I buy mine from Harris Farms but i’m sure Woolworths or Coles pack some! The only way you will know if its Thai Basil is by the purple stems (purple flowers).

The sauce/Marinate:

–          1 ½ tbs of fresh lime juice

–          1 tbs finely chopped palm sugar

–          1 tbs fish sauce

–          1 tbs soy sauce

–          2 tsp sesame oil

–          2 tsp of finely grated ginger

–          1 fresh clove of Garlic (crushed)

–          1 tsp of sesame seeds


  1. Combine and mix  the marinate  ingredients  in a jar/bowl (lime juice, Palm sugar, fish sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, garlic and sesame seeds)
  2. Cut the Rump steak into slices (Asian style). Place in a bowl and add half of marinate. Cover with plastic  wrap and place in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight.
  3. Place meat on a grill pan or normal  pan if you don’t have one, cook the strips until they’re medium rare or well done depending on how you like your steak ( I like mine, medium).
  4. Combine rest of the ingredients in a bowl (mint,parsley, thai basil leaves, tomatoes, cucumber, chilli and Kaffir leaves), then add  the cooked beef strips and remaining sauce/marinate and that’s pretty much it!

A real favourite for this summer, that’s for sure :)

ทานให้อร่อย  (Bon Appetite)

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