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Steak and Salad

Lok Lak - Refreshing lime and Kampot pepper dressing lightens up caramelized pieces of steak into a mouth-watering main dish.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Cambodian
Keyword: Beef, Black Pearls, Kampot Pepper, Lok Lak, Tuk Meric
Servings: 4
Author: Channy Laux



  • Marinate Beef Mix the following in a large bowl: Kampot pepper, oil, oyster sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce, salt, and sugar. Add beef, mix well and set aside.
  • Prepare Lime Dressing In small bowl mix lime juice and Tuk Meric, set aside
  • Preparing Salad Plates Line a serving plate with lettuce, tomato, onion and sliced hard boiled eggs.
  • Cooking the Steak In a large skillet heat 2 tablespoon of cooking oil on high heat, add marinated beef; cook until beef almost done, add the garlic and stir.
  • Plating Place the hot beef on top of the prepared salad plate, drizzle with lime dressing. Sprinkle Black Pearls on top.


Serve with steam rice or sliced boiled potato, and additional Tuk Meric on the side as extra steak sauce. 
Memory Lane 
Everyone in my family loves this dish.  In Cambodia, whenever my mother made this dish, she did not have any other dishes on the table.  It was just a large serving platter of Lok Lak in the middle of the round table.  Each of us would have a plate of steamed rice in front of us, and reaching over for the main dish.  Lok Lak is one of the dishes that I would kneeled on the chair to boost myself taller so I can have a fair chance among my siblings to reach this tasty steak over crunchy and juicy vegetables.  
Living in Lincoln Nebraska in the late 70's there was no red leaf lettuce available.  Iceberg lettuce just did not do justice to this amazing dish.  However, Mom would prepare Lok Lok with hard boiled potatoes, cooked green bean, hard boiled eggs and topped with the Nebraska beef and lemon dressing.  It was not the same as the original recipe, but it was as tasty and made perfect leftovers to pack for lunch.   
* Substitutions:
  • Substitute Thnot Sugar with granulated sugar