Cambodian Beef Lok Lak

Cambodian cuisine is full of unique and delicious flavors, and one dish that stands out is Beef Lok Lak. This traditional dish features tender beef, fragrant herbs, and a zesty lime dipping sauce. It’s a perfect balance of sweet, savory, and tangy, making it a crowd-pleaser at any gathering. With a few simple ingredients and easy-to-follow steps, you can make this authentic Cambodian dish in your own kitchen.


  • 1 lb beef sirloin, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 head of lettuce, washed and separated into leaves
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced

Lime Dipping Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small chili pepper, minced (optional)


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, cornstarch, and minced garlic. Add the beef strips and mix well. Marinate for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sliced onion and sauté until softened and lightly browned.
  3. Add the marinated beef strips to the skillet and cook until browned and cooked through.
  4. Arrange the lettuce leaves, sliced cucumber, and tomatoes on a platter.
  5. To make the lime dipping sauce, combine lime juice, water, fish sauce, sugar, minced garlic, and minced chili pepper (if using) in a small bowl. Stir well to combine.
  6. Serve the cooked beef strips on top of the lettuce leaves and garnish with the sautéed onions. Serve with the lime dipping sauce on the side.

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