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Tam Ra Ahan Thai (Thai Recipes) ตำราอาหารไทย

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Yam Nuea (Beef Salad) ยำเนี้อ

Recipe from: Pranee Halvorsen
Servings: 2

Yam Nuea is the most famous Thai salad in America. It is delicious and easy to make. You will find this dish in every Thai restaurant in America but it may come in different names depending on the chef's decision on the method of how to cook the beef. Other names are Waterfall Beef, Crying Tiger and Laab Neu.

Click on picture to enlarge (© Photograph by Clay Irving)
The picture to the left is Yam Nuea at a the Sugar Hut restaurant in Pattaya, Thailand. It is very common to include cucumber in the salad. Thin slivers of onion, or slices of shallots go well with the blend of tastes. In each bite, you get the saltiness from the nam pla, the sourness from nam manao (lime juice), the heat from prik pon (Thai roasted chile, ground or powdered). Adding mint and lemon grass takes it over the top! I usually use fresh serrano chiles and prik pon to provide the heat. I start with the serrano, and to taste, bring the heat up to the desired taste with prik pon. I also blend in a little palm sugar when I make Yam Nuea to include a faint taste of sweetness to round out the flavors of the dish

Sometimes I don't mix the cucumbers with the salad. Instead, I line the serving plate with lettuce leaves, then form a ring of sliced tomato and cucumbers around the edge of the plate, and spoon the salad in the middle of the tomato and cucumber ring.

½ pound beef sirloin steak
1 teaspoon ground roasted red pepper
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 to 2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves
¼ cup mint leaves
2 shallots, thinly sliced
½ tablespoon chopped galangal, optional
2 teaspoons sliced lemon grass, optional
1 ½ tablespoons khao kua

Place the steak in a dish and rub both sides with 1 teaspoon of the fish sauce and marinate for 5 minute. Charcoal broil/grill/oven broil to your preferred doneness. Slice. Place the strips in salad bowl and add the rest of the ingredients on the side of a bowl. Just before serving add fish sauce, lime juice and khao kua.

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