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Recipe: Cambodian Beef Salad with Banana Flower

Recipe: Cambodian Beef Salad with Banana Flower

This beef salad is one of my favorite Cambodian dishes and I love Linda’s version with banana flower. For this recipe, we are using grilled beef, but you can also make the salad with raw beef, which is then “cooked” in lime juice and prahok (Cambodian fermented fish paste).

The beef salad is best made with a good cut of high grade beef such as sirloin or tenderloin, but at casual restaurants in Cambodia. the salad is prepared with cheaper cuts of local beef.

We were talking, so we forgot all about the beef, which is a little overcooked in the video, but normally, you would aim for the beef to be rare to medium rare.

The beef salad is typically served as part of a meal with soup and rice and maybe a curry, but you can also eat it on its own. This recipe makes a very large bowl of salad, which should be enough for 4 persons as a main course or 8 persons as a side dish


Notes and recipe by Linda Meas from Meas Family Homestay. Linda is also in charge of the daily operation of the social businesses Weavers Project and Taeko in Takeo, Cambodia.

After removing the outer leaves, the banana flower will turn brown when in contact with the air, just like bananas do, but the process is faster for the flower, so make sure you wait to remove the outer leaves until just before you need to use the flower.  Before cutting the flower, prepare a bowl with water and fresh lime juice, and soak the sliced banana flower in the water immediately after cutting, to prevent the flower from turning dark brown.

Remove the small “banana babies” in between the leaves of the flowers. The baby bananas are edible, but the innermost “sprout” has a very bitter taste, so you will need to remove that before eating.  

Only use the lower part of the lemon grass and make sure to cut the lemon grass into very thin slices as it’s a bit chewy.

I usually make this salad with 1-2 green tomatoes, but since I was out of big tomatoes, when we were shooting the video, there are no tomatoes in this recipe. If you want to add tomatoes, remove the seeds before cutting the tomatoes.

The measurements aren approximate. If the dressing is too salty, add more lime and sugar, and if the dressing is too sour or sweet, maybe it needs more fish sauce. Be careful with the fish sauce though. It is easier to start with a little and add more along the way, than having to fix a very salty dressing.

Recipe: Cambodian Beef Salad with Banana Flower

Recipe by Linda – Meas Family Homestay Course: Salads, Lunch, SidesCuisine: Cambodia
Servings

4

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Ingredients

  • 10.5 oz 10.5 (300g) beef

  • 4 4 limes

  • 1 1 banana flower

  • 1 1 white onion

  • 2 2 small cucumbers

  • carrot

  • 1 cup 1 white cabbage, thinly sliced

  • 10-12 10-12 long beans

  • 3 3 Thai eggplants (small, green, round)

  • 1 1 bird’s eye chili

  • 2 2 shallots

  • 5 5 garlic cloves

  • 4 4 stalks lemongrass

  • ½ ½ green bell pepper

  • 1 bunch 1 water morning glory

  • ½ cup ½ culantro/saw leaf (not to be confused with cilantro!)

  • 1 1 tablespoon chicken stock powder

  • tablespoon sugar

  • 3 tablespoons 3 fish sauce

  • ½ cup ½ roasted, unsalted peanuts

Directions

  • Grill the beef until rare or medium rare. Set aside.
  • Prepare a bowl with 4 cups of water and juice from one lime. This is for soaking the sliced banana flower and prevent it from turning dark.
  • Slice the onion. Remove the seeds from the cucumber and chop the cucumber finely. Chop the carrot finely.
  • Chop the cabbage. Cut the beans into 1.5″-2″ pieces. Slice the eggplant.
  • Chop the chili, garlic and shallots. Cut the lemongrass into thin rings. You only use the lower part of the lemongrass stalk.
  • Remove the leaves from the morning glory and cut the stalks lengthwise. Slice the bell pepper.
  • Wash the culantro and chop it coarsely.
  • Cut the beef in thin slices and place it in a large bowl.
  • Add chili, garlic, shallots and lemongrass to the bowl. Add chicken stock, sugar, fish sauce and lime juice and mix.
  • Grind or chop the peanuts coarsely. Add one tablespoon peanuts to the bowl with beef and herbs, and save the rest of the peanuts to sprinkle over the salad before serving.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients (carrot, onion, culantro, banana flower, morning glory, cucumber) and mix well.
  • Sprinkle with peanuts. Serve with steamed white rice.

Recipe Video

Weavers Project in Takeo, Cambodia

Weavers Project in Takeo, Cambodia

Weavers Project was founded by Sonas and the Meas family with the purpose of creating sustainable, economic, growth in rural communities in Cambodia. Cambodia has a strong tradition of weaving, but it is a dying craft due to the competition from cheaper, factory-made fabric as well as the declining interest among the young generation in learning the skills of weaving.

Weavers Project is looking to change that. By providing training in weaving, they do not only offer a source of income to people in rural communities, but also a hope for a brighter future for the weavers and their families. The weavers are included in the entire process from the design of the items and dyeing of the yarn, to the final product, and this inclusion sparks professional pride, empowerment, and motivation, which shows in the beautiful patterns and color combinations that are truly unique for Weavers Project. 

Read more about Weavers Project >>

Weavers Project in Takeo, Cambodia

Weavers Project was founded by Sonas and the Meas family with the purpose of creating sustainable, economic, growth in rural communities in Cambodia. Cambodia has a strong tradition of weaving, but it is a dying craft due to the competition from cheaper, factory-made fabric as well as the declining interest among the young generation in learning the skills of weaving.

Weavers Project is looking to change that. By providing training in weaving, they do not only offer a source of income to people in rural communities, but also a hope for a brighter future for the weavers and their families. The weavers are included in the entire process from the design of the items and dyeing of the yarn, to the final product, and this inclusion sparks professional pride, empowerment, and motivation, which shows in the beautiful patterns and color combinations that are truly unique for Weavers Project. 

Read more about Weavers Project >>

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