Neua Naam Tok (Thai Spicy Grilled Beef) is really popular in the roadside restaurants around Bangkok. Normally when Thai people order Som Tum (Papaya Salad), grilled chicken and sticky rice they will also have a dish of grilled meats like nuea nam tok. In Thai, “nuea” means beef and “nam tok” means waterfall, so this is literally “Waterfall Beef”. It is called waterfall beef because of the way the sparks in the bar-b-que fire resemble the falling water in a waterfall. Nam tok can also be made with pork, called “moo” in Thai, which is equally delicious. Alright now I’m ready to present the Neua Naam Tok recipe for you.
Neua Naam Tok Recipe
(Serves 2-3 people)
- 200-300 grams beef (london broil or top round)
- 1/4 cup coriander, coarsely sliced
- 1/4 cup spring onion, coarsely sliced
- 1/4 cup mint leaf, coarsely sliced
- 1/4 cup lemon grasses, thinly sliced
- 1/3 cup shallot, thinly sliced
- 1 tbsp Thai chilli powder
- 1 1/2 tbsp roasted Rice Powder
- 3 tbsp Thai Fish Sauce
- 4 tbsp lime juice
- 1/4 tsp seasoning powder(Rod Dee) or if you can’t find can use 1/4 tsp sugar
- 1 cucumber, sliced
- Wash the beef and grill over medium heat until medium rare.
- Slice thinly into bite-sized pieces and transfer to a mixing bowl.
- Follow with coriander, spring onion, mint leaf, lemon grasses and shallots.
- Season to taste with fish sauce, lime juice, seasoning powder(sugar) and chilli powder, toss well to combine.
- Add ground roasted rice and toss lightly again. Arrange on a serving dish and serve with sliced cucumber and rice.
Neua Naam Tok is a great choice when you are looking to eat something spicy. The combination of the heat, the smokiness of the bar-b-que, the salt of the fish sauce, and the slightly sour taste of the limes combines perfectly. Together with sticky rice or even regular steamed jasmine rice it makes for a nice part of a well rounded Thai streetside meal. Add a vegetable dish (like this stir fried eggplant) and a soup (such as stuffed cucumber soup) and you will be eating like a king!