I’m calling it a Thai Style Beef Salad because it’s not something you’d find in Thailand. It’s highly in-authentic but a quick, healthy weeknight meal. You will need some Thai Chilli Jam though, and I highly recommend making your own. This is a great recipe to learn how to balance flavours in a dish properly.
It’s a very freeform salad, use whatever you want – I was making carrot cake cupcakes at the time (is it carrot cupcakes or carrot cake cupcakes?) and so I put in some leftover grated carrot.
Thai Style Beef Salad
400g rump steak – marinated in
1 tbsp oyster sauce
½ tsp fish sauce
½ palm sugar
½ tsp sesame oil (optional)
1 stalk lemongrass, outer leaves discarded and finely sliced
1 long red chilli, seeds discarded
1 small clove garlic, diced
½ tbsp fish sauce
½ tsp palm sugar
2 tbsp Thai Chilli Jam
juice of 1 lime
200g salad mix, washed
½ cucumber, sliced lengthwise and thinly sliced
½ red onion, thinly sliced
10 cherry tomatoes, halved
½ carrot, grated
chopped mint, about 2 tbsp
chopped coriander, about 2 tbsp
chopped shiso leaves, about 2 tbsp (optional)
4 tbsp toasted peanuts, roughly chopped
- Make the beef marinade and rub it into the rump steak. Set aside for about half an hour.
- Prepare the salad dressing by pounding the lemongrass, chilli and garlic in a mortar and pestle until the ingredients break down into small, shredded pieces – it doesn’t need to be perfectly smooth. Add fish sauce, palm sugar, chilli jam and lime juice and taste for balance – it should be hot, salty, sweet and sour.
- Heat oil in a grill pan until it’s just started to smoke, then cook the beef to your liking. I like to flip steaks several times as it provides a more even browning and less likelihood of overcooking. If you need tips on how to cook steak, have a look here.
- While your steak is resting, toss two thirds of the dressing with the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Place into two individual serving bowls.
- Slice beef into thin slices, across the grain and place on top of salad. Top with remaining dressing and toasted peanuts.