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Yum Neua (Thai Grilled Sirloin Steak Salad)

Serves: 2 to 4

Prep time: 20 minutes (Cooking time: 10 minutes)

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Yum Neua is the most famous Thai salad in America. It is known by different names depending on how the chef cooks the beef — other names are Waterfall Beef, Crying Tiger and Laab Neua. This dish is best served with steamed sticky rice.


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Place the steak in a dish and rub both sides with 1 teaspoon of the fish sauce and let marinate for 5 minutes. Charcoal broil, grill or oven-broil the steak to preferred doneness.

Slice and place the strips in a salad bowl and add chile powder, green onion, cilantro, mint and shallots. Just before serving, add remaining fish sauce, lime juice and toasted rice.

* Ground Roasted Rice

Roast glutinous rice, jasmine rice or any long grain rice in oven at 350º F until it becomes light golden (about 5 minutes). Let cool, then place in spice mill or coffee grinder and blend to a fine powder. Store in an airtight container. Can be kept for up to 3 months.

Recipe by Pranee Halvorsen, PCC Cooks instructor

Source: Demonstrated on September 3, 2008, during PCC Edmonds Grand Opening Days

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thai beef dishes

yum neua and laab neua are two different dishes! i think this is actually a recipe for waterfall beef aka "neua nam tok."

RE: Thai Beef Dishes


Thanks for your comment.

Pranee says that there are many interpretations and spellings of Thai recipe names, and they change according to the ingredients and how they are served.

This recipe is a mixed salad, so it’s called yum neua, but when the same ingredients are served separately (the beef dipped in the remaining ingredients as a sauce), it’s called nuea nam tok – waterfall beef. Either way, it’s a delicious dish!

Thanks again,

Tom Monahan
PCC Natural Markets

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