Beef Lok Lak (Cambodian Recipe)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 5 mins

I ate lots of Lok Lak on a recent holiday to Cambodia. It's similar to Vietnamese Shaking Beef although the Cambodians don't like to admit that. In Cambodia it might come with chips (fries) and a fried egg or rice-I liked the rice option. You eat it by wrapping portions of the meat and salad ingredients in a lettuce leaf, then dipping that in the dipping sauce (the best part of it I reckon). Sometimes the meat is sliced, sometimes it's cubed-I prefer slices. Semi ripe tomatoes are preferred to ripe ones, but use what you have!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large bowl, mix beef with soy sauce, oyster sauce, tomato sauce sugar, fish sauce and ground black pepper and garlic. Marinate at least 20 minutes or up to one hour.
  2. Make dipping sauce, combine ingredients in a small bowl-set aside.
  3. Decorate two dinner plates with sliced tomatoes, cucumber and onion. Set aside.
  4. Place the lettuce leaves on a seperate platter.
  5. Heat oil in a wok over a high heat and stir-fry beef until cooked. Divide between the two dinner plates.
  6. See intro for how to eat.
Most Helpful

I'm cambodian, and this is definitely not how you make it . Sorry but your attempt was an epic fail.

Eng S. May 09, 2015

Being a Cambodian and eating Lok Lak growing up. Never heard of putting a cucumber in the salad or using ketchup in the sauce. YUCK.

TC C. February 05, 2015

Aussie Recipe Swap #75: Delicious recipe!! The marinade on the beef is delicious and I love the cool, crisp veggies the meat is served over and the sauce is amazing! A delicious dish!

Mom2Rose April 25, 2013