Vietnamese Beef Salad

A bowl of freshness
I'm a big fan of Vietnamese food for a while now, though it wasn't with my first bowl of phở (Vietnamese noodle soup) nor the plate of broken rice. In fact I thought the texture of broken rice was strange because I was more used to whole long grain rice. I didn't think it was bad but just not much of it, plus I was in Melbourne (!) maybe the beer and wine just dull all my taste buds. Ask Hui Yen

I only visited Vietnam proper (Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi) a couple of years ago and boy was it amazing! My parents and their retiree gang visited it recently and couldn't stop gushing about it either. And the food...Unforgettable...

Vietnamese food always exude this light freshness with subtle flavouring in every dish, probably because it's really (really) fresh! Maybe the length of Vietnam peninsula allows polarised weather for a rich agriculture or perhaps it's just their love of greens (with the perfect marinate pairing) that nails it

So how about a tiny prelude to actual Vietnamese cuisine with truly fresh ingredients that's easily available :) Well at least in Singapore

  • A handful of mint leaves
Beef marinate

  • 250g beef fillet, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp Chinese cooking wine
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 1 tbs cooking oil (peanut or vegetable)
 Salad and sauce
  • 1 baby butter lettuce, leaves separated
  • 1 box cherry tomatoes (100-200g)
  • 1 cucumber, long thin strips or julienne
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1½ tbs rice vinegar
  • 1 tbs love oil
  • ¼ cup roasted unsalted peanut, chopped

  1. Marinate beef with garlic, cooking wine, fish sauce and caster sugar. Set aside for at least 30 minutes or overnight 
  2. Once ready, heat cooking oil in a non-stick pan and stir-fry beef until browned (depending on your personal preference)
  3. Combine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, onion and mint leaves in a large bowl
  4. Drizzle vinegar and olive oil over the vegetables and top it with stir-fry beef
  5. Sprinkle with nuts and serve :)
How easy was that! :)


  1. I love Vietnamese food as well! Great recipe. Have you tried desserts with pandan? It's amazing!

  2. Sounds good! Please post it up soon :)

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  5. I adore Vietnamese food.. just so simple and full of big flavours!