Cambodian Hot and Sour Beef Salad

"From Nigella show on ITV. Sounds delish for hot weather"
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  • 1 -2 cup lettuce leaf (enough leaves to cover a serving dish)
  • 225 g tender steak
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (the juice of about 1 lime)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 shallots or 2 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 1 -2 red chile, deseeded and finely chopped, depending on how large they are and how hot you want this (or green)
  • 14 - 13 cup mint (Handful of mint)


  • Preheat a griddle, or you can use a grill.
  • Cover a serving dish with lettuce leaves and set aside.
  • Griddle or grill the steak; it should be rare, really, but obviously cook it as you prefer. When it's done, remove to a board on which to carve it and pour any juices in the grill pan into a bowl.
  • Cut the steak into very thin slices across and put it and any more of the juices that run out into the bowl as well.
  • In another bowl, mix the fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, chopped chilli and sliced shallot, stirring well.
  • Then mix the contents of the two bowls together, adding the mint leaves and quickly turn out on the lettuce and serve while still warm.

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