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Cambodian Lime-Marinated Beef Salad


Here is another Classic Cambodian dish that is popular among Cambodian household. Marinated beef is tossed with fresh herbs and different vegetables. Chopped peanuts provide that extra nutty crunchy taste. My addition of jalapeños added a nice kick to every bite. It does look a bit similar to the Thai Style Larb with Beef. The addition of Pahok juice makes this distinctively Cambodian, but it’s optional.

What prompted me to make this dish was the beautiful bright red radishes that were on sale this week at the market. I’ve never worked with these beautiful things before but I bought it anyways because it was only .50 cent per bunch. Then I remembered that my Mother had use it in several of her salad recipes. I went to my cookbook collection and settled with The Elephant Walk Cookbook.

As I flipped through The Elephant Walk Cookbook I came across the recipe for Lime-Marinated Beef with Bean Sprouts and Mint. Author Longteine De Monteiro & Katherine Neustadt stated in the book “I fear that this recipe has been lost to the younger generation, and I would like to help restore it.” Her message did get across to me. My recipe is adapt loosely from this cookbook. I added a few additional ingredients, tweaked the measurements to fit my taste and also adjust my method of cooking the raw beef.

To be honest this was my very first time making it on my own plus eating this classic dish even though my Mother made had made it several times when I grew up. Mostly for my Father and his friends when they come over to practice traditional music for Cambodian weddings. This was way back in the late 80s. Now the gathering are smaller and less often. Perhaps it’s because the thought of eating raw beef doesn’t sound appealing to us kids even when we were told that it is technically cooked once it’s been cut into paper thin slice and marinated in lime juice. Still, we shook our heads and turned away. Instead we made fried eggs and poured soy seasoning sauce on top to go with our hot steamy rice. Which is what I did (again) as a back-up plan when I made this.

I was hesitant to taste my salad at first even when I used a different cooking method. But after a bite with my eyes tightly close, man oh man, it was G-O-O-D. Now I wish I had done it a long time. This dish is fairly easy to make and most of the cooking time goes to prepping. IMO, the meat can be prepared in many ways. You can grill it before making the salad or pan fry it after marinating. It’s is totally up to you. That is one of the perks of cooking your own dish.

Cambodian Lime-Marinated Beef Salad (makes 2-3 servings)
(Plear Sachko) ភ្លាសាច់គោ
adapt from The Elephant Walk Cookbook

Video Tutorial:


Ingredients
½ cup lime juice
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon small stalk lemongrass, very thinly sliced
½ tablespoon finely chopped garlic
½ lb boneless top round, sliced as thinly as possible against the grain
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons Pahok juice (optional)
1 small shallot, thinly sliced
3 radishes, skin slightly peeled and thinly sliced
1 jalapeños, thinly sliced (optional)
1 cup mung bean sprouts
1/3 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
1/3 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons peanuts, roasted and coarsely chopped

Method:
Partly freeze the beef to make it a bit firm. This will enable easy handling and ease of thinly slicing the beef.

Combine half of the lime juice with 1 tablespoons of sugar, the lemongrass and half of the garlic in a medium bowl. Mix well, then add the beef, tossing to coat evenly, and set aside to marinate at room temperature for 25 to 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the fish sauce, water, Pahok juice (if using) and the remaining sugar in a large mixing bowl. Mix until the sugar dissolves completely, then add the remaining lime juice, shallots, and the remaining garlic. Set aside.

Drain the beef, pressing gently with your hands to remove as much liquid as possible. At this point, you can either proceed with the next step, or like me, take it another step forward by bringing about 4 cups of water to a rolling boil and then add the beef to cook for just one minute. Remove and strain. Allow it to cool to the touch and press it gently to remove excess liquid.

Return the beef to the mixing bowl and add sliced radish, jalapenos, bean sprouts, mint, basil and half the chopped peanuts. Toss well. Transfer to a serving plate. Garnish the salad with sprinkles of peanut and serve.

Grilled Oysters with Spicy Lime Sauce

It’s been two days since I returned from my trip to Decatur, GA. I had a great time there. Toured many great places (will post pictures and video later) and had a chance to visit three different states while there. One of the highlights of this trip was cooking and eating with friends. We whipped up a lot of classic Cambodian dishes. If you were following me on twitter you probably saw my up-to-the-minute photos of those dishes. However, when I got back I was craving for something different, seafood. Unsure what triggered this craving but I was very happy when I picked up my mail and see that fresh oysters were on sale this week for only .50 cents each! It’s been a long time since I had grilled oysters.

Growing up in Stockton, CA my sister had a lot of gatherings with families and her friends. Oysters were pretty affordable there and they would buy them by the bag. I don’t know how many pounds there were but there were a lot in those bag. My Mother would sometime grill them and other times steam them. Some guest had their own way of making the sauce but my most favorite sauce to paired with grilled or steamed oysters in the shell is this spicy lime sauce. This sauce is very versatile and you can pair it with many grilled meats and seafood. It’s similar to the lime sauce that usually accompany Marinated Beef with Lime Sauce (aka Beef Lok Lac). The base is the same with a few extra ingredients added on. I’ve had it as dipping sauce as well where I simply grill some steak (un-seasoned), slice it thinly and wrap it in lettuce, cucumbers and fresh herbs then dunk it into the spicy lime sauce. DER-LICIOUS! :)


Grilled Oysters with Spicy Lime Sauce (for 10 oysters)
(Kjong Ang Tuk Jroluk Marech Kroach Chma)ខ្យងអាំងទឹកជ្រលកម្រេចក្រូចឆ្មារ

Ingredients
10 fresh oysters in their shell
½ cup lime juice
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
½ teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
1 tablespoon finely chopped shallots
a handful of fresh chopped herbs (such as cilantro, basil, green onions, Asian mint)
water (optional)

Video Tutorial to make Spicy Lime Sauce:


Method:
Prepare the grill and meanwhile clean the oysters. Using a stiff brush scrub the oyster under cold running water. Make sure you scrub around the opening edges well. Rinse off any dirt off the shell.

Place the oysters on the grill so that none are overlapping. Place oysters so that they’re resting on their deeply curved halves of their shells so their juices don’t run out.

Grill for about 5-7 minutes or until the oysters starts to open. Carefully remove from grill.

To make the spicy lime sauce, in a bowl combine all remainder ingredients and mix well. Taste and adjust accordingly. If you feel that the lime is too strong for your taste you can dilute it with a couple teaspoons of water.

Some oysters might not open as wide as others therefore, you can use a fork to pry them open. Be careful, use kitchen towel if necessary. Serve on a half shell with some spicy lime sauce.

Congee|Rice Porridge

Congee | Shredded Chicken & Shrimp

Summer is just around the corner. A week ago the weather was very hot then all of the sudden the temperature just dropped. Now we are down to the low 70s. I don’t mind it at all. As a matter of fact I prefer temperatures in the 70s; well unless I have plans to go to the beach.

With this cool temperature comes my craving for hot and hearty Congee also known as Rice Porridge Soup. I think it’s an Asian comfort food similar to the American Chicken Noodle Soup that many crave on a cold winter day or during time when you are not feeling well. Many Asian countries has it’s own version of Congee. It can be dress up in so many different ways. This one I made last night is a Shredded Chicken and Shrimp Congee.

While you can cook everything in one single pot, this method is convenience when you are expecting leftovers or when each person has their own consistency preference.  This method will allow guest to serve themselves with their choice of toppings and seasonings.

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Ingredients
1 cup rice
6 cups of water

Stock
1 Cornish chicken
1 medium onion
¼ cabbage
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoons whole peppercorns
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 chicken bouillon cube
5 cloves of garlic, peeled
10 cups of water

Optional toppings
shredded chicken (meat after making stock)
cooked shrimp
ground pork, cooked
cilantro, chopped
green onions, sliced
ginger, cut into thin matchsticks
fried garlic

Method:
Add 1 cup of rice to 6 cups of boiling water. Stir well and often so the rice doesn’t stick to the bottom. If it get’s too thick add more water and continue to stir until you get your prefer consistency.

In the meantime make the stock with all the ingredients. Add more water if needed to cover the chicken. Cook for about 25 minutes and remove from the stock. To check if the chicken is cook insert a fork and quickly remove. If the liquid runs clear then it is cooked, otherwise allow to cook a little bit longer.

Reduce the heat and allow the remainder of the stock to simmer.

Once the chicken is cooled to the touch separate the meat and discard the bone. Shred the meat into pieces with your hands.

Now it’s time to assemble your bowl of congee. Ladle a scoop of rice into a bowl. Add stock to your desire consistency. Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy hot.

Pahok Ktiss | Spiced Pork & Coconut Milk

Pahok Ktiss | Spiced Pork & Coconut Milk

Pahok Ktiss | Spiced Pork & Coconut Milk

Pahok Ktiss is an artful and delicious way to enjoy your favorite fresh and cooked vegetables. The rich dipping sauce, a nicely spiced combination of pork and coconut milk, is further seasoned with pahok, added in quantities to suit your taste buds. Serve with plenty of steam rice to allows the flavors to expand and develop.

hen I was growing up my Mother made this dip often, in large quantities and store the left overs in the fridge for later. It only need a quick heating the next time around. A quick and easy dip to serve and used up vegetables that might be hanging around the fridge.

I had received many request for Pahok Ktiss recipe since I’ve started my Blog and making videos on Youtube. Ive never made it myself and this was my very first attempt. I didn’t have the same ingredients that my Mother used so I just find other ways around it. In the process, I learned thing that I will or not do the next time around.

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Grilled Beef with Pahok Sauce|Salad

Whenever I stumble across mini eggplants which is also known as Thai eggplants, I instantly think of Beef with Tuk Pahok. I only use these eggplant in this dish.

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Ginger Chicken

Stir-Fry Ginger Chicken

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Tuk Kroeung Khmer

Tuk Kroeung Khmer

Tuk Kroeung Khmer

I haven’t had this dish in a very long time. So when I made it, I thought why not make a tutorial video too? It was SoOoOo G-O-O-D that I made it again the next day. 😆 Now I rest this dish maybe until another month or so. Enjoy my version of Tuk Kroeung Khmer and check out my video while you are at it. 😛

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