Cambodian Beef Lok Lak

Another Asian beef dish!  But one that is a firm family favourite in our house, even for Matilda who doesn’t like red meat (she will still have a fried egg, rice, salad and pour over the lime and black pepper sauce).

This is a family meal that can be thrown together at the last minute if you forgo the marinating time.  I tend to make the marinade in the morning, and then just before dinner I put on the rice, put together the stir fry sauce, lime and black pepper sauce and cut up the salad.  Stir frying the beef takes only a few minutes and so does frying some eggs in another pan.  We visited Cambodia last year and Levi ordered Lok Lak on a few occasions and it always came with a fried egg on top so now we also make it with fried eggs.

cambodian beef lok lak

500g beef, cut thinly for stir fry
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
2 tablespoons oil

stir fry sauce

4 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoons cornflour
2 teaspoons sugar

lime and black pepper sauce

1/4  cup lime juice (1-2 limes)
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1-2 teaspoons fish sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon of water

to serve

steamed jasmine rice
iceberg lettuce
sliced tomatoes
sliced cucumber
finely sliced spring onions
fried eggs

Marinate the beef with the oyster sauce, garlic, sugar and cracked pepper and put in the fridge for an hour or preferably overnight.

In a small bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the stir fry sauce and put aside.  In another bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the lime and black pepper sauce, adjusting to taste if needed.  Arrange sliced lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber on a platter.

Heat the oil in a large frypan or wok.  Add the beef to quickly sear and then add the stir fry sauce.  Cook for a few minutes or until the sauce thickens slightly.  Pour the sizzling beef and all the yummy sauce over the salad.  Scatter over some sliced spring onions and serve with steamed rice, fried eggs and the lime and black pepper sauce.

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