Neua Yang Nam Tok (Beef Salad)

Waterfall Beef or Beef Salad, "Neua Yang Nam Tok"

In Thai language, nam tok is a waterfall. This dish is usually cooked using a barbeque (the juices drip onto charcoal hence the name waterfall) but you can fry or broil the beef just as well. It should be cooked rare to start with. Click here if you're interested in our instant nam tok mix.

You need a 1 pound steak, cut fairly thick.


  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon tamarind concentrate mixed with
  • 3 teaspoons water
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Thai chile peppers

Mix the marinade, coat the steak with it and marinade it for at least 3 hours.
The steak is then barbequed, broiled or grilled until on the rare side of medium rare, cut into half inch thick strips and the strips cut into bite sized pieces. The meat can be kept cool until just before you want to eat.

Remaining ingredients

  • 1/3 cup fish sauce
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped shallots
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped coriander/cilantro (including the roots if possible)
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons khao koor (see below)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly roasted/fried sesame seeds
  • 1-3 teaspoons freshly ground dried red chilis.

Khao Koor: get a medium sized wok fairly hot, and add a couple of tablespoons of uncooked jasmine rice. Keep in movement until the rice starts to turn golden brown. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Grind to a fairly coarse powder in a spice mill, or a mortar and pestle, or a pepper mill or a good clean coffee grinder (all of these work well but keep in mind that a coffee grinder tends to grind too fine--the powder should retain some "texture") We also offer ready-made Khao Koor in premium quality Hand Brand.

How to Cook:

  • In a wok bring a little oil to medium high heat and add the strips of beef, immediately followed by all the remaining ingredients. 
  • Stir fry until heated through (about a minute). 
  • Serve with Thai sticky rice, or as part of a meal with pad Thai and a soup such as tom yum koong (hot and sour shrimp soup).
  • This is one of our all-time favorites.