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Thai Food Recipe - How To Make Nam Tok Nuea Yang - Spicy B.B.Q. Beef Salad

Updated on December 22, 2010
Nam Tok Nuea
Nam Tok Nuea

Nam Tok Nuea Yang
Nam Tok is a popular spicy salad dish from the north eastern provinces of Thailand. In Thai language, "Nam Tok" means waterfall, "Nuea" means beef, and "Yang" means barbecued. Nam Tok Nuea Yang, translates to "waterfall barbecued beef". I had originally thought that the reason for using the word "waterfall", was to describe the intense flavor that resulted in a waterfall of saliva in your mouth as you are eating this dish. After doing some research, I have read that the word "waterfall" is used to describe the blood in the meat, as the meat should be rare to medium rare. This dish can also be made using grilled pork, and needless to say, you will want to use fully cooked grilled pork. This dish is normally served with sticky rice, and a side of fresh cut vegetables including cucumber and long beans.

Chuck Steak
Chuck Steak

How To Make Nam Tok Nuea Yang
You do not want to use an expensive cut of beef when you make Nam Tok. You should use chuck steak with a large amount of fat. You should always season your meat prior to grilling, in this case we will use a pinch of salt and 2 tablespoons of soya sauce, and allow the meat to season for several hours. Make sure the grill is hot before you put the meat on the B.B.Q., and whatever you do, do not overcook it!


500 grams of chuck steak
1 large lime
1 tablespoon of dried Thai chili powder
half of a red onion very thinly sliced
2 green onions chopped
6 fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon of fish sauce
1 teaspoon of MSG (optional)

Cooking Instructions

1: Grill the beef 3-5 minutes per side on a hot grill until rare-medium rare.

2: Slice the beef very thinly and place in a large bowl.

3: Add the chili powder, onion, fish sauce and MSG.

4: Squeeze the juice of the lime into the bowl and stir well.

5: Add the chopped green onion and mint leaves.

6: Serve with sticky rice and sliced cucumber and green vegetables.


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    • Truckstop Sally profile image

      Truckstop Sally 7 years ago

      Delicious recipes and pictures. Thanks also for the language tips!

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      TravelinAsia 7 years ago from Thailand/Southeast Asia

      Thanks Anna,

      After writing this hub, I went to the grocery store and purchased 500 grams of chuck. We are marinating the beef right now! Gotta get back in the kitchen .. ttyl...

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      Anna Johnston 7 years ago from Canberra, Australia

      Such a fantastic hub, thanks so much for the valuable information. Going to have this for dinner tomorrow. Cheers, Anna