Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is a lovely wok meal, "shaking beef" comes from the French term "saute". Shaking beef is served often in Vietnam.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut the steak into bite-sized cubes. Place it in a bowl with garlic, oil, fish sauce, sugar, salt, and pepper and mix to combine. Cover and marinate for 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  2. Wash the lettuce and separate the leaves. Cut the cucumber and onion into very thin slices.
  3. Heat a heavy-based wok very hot; add the beef in 3 batches and toss, by shaking the wok and turning the meat with tongs, until brown and seared on the outside but still very pink in the center.
  4. Pile the meat into the center of a serving plate, decorate with lettuce, cucumber, and onion, serve immediately.
  5. NOTE: Prep time does not include marinating time.
Most Helpful

Terrific. I planned ahead and marinated the beef for almost three hours. I did add a little ginger to the marinade and I was pleased that I did. Next time, I think I'd add some chili oil or crushed red pepper to have more of a contrast against the cool cucumbers and the rest of the salad. Overall, this is a good and easy salad that is really adaptable to your tastes. Thanx!

*Parsley* February 23, 2014

This was a great, quick to put together dish - if you don't count the marinating time. I loved the flavor of the marinade, and the presentation with the red onion and cucumbers. I was in a bit of a hurry, so only marinated the beef for about 30 minutes and it was still wonderful. Can't wait to try it again with the full marinating time. Thanks for posting! Made for ZWT9 - Family Picks

Jostlori August 29, 2013