Sour Beef

Sour beef (ส้มเนื้อ: som nuea – literally means as English name) or naam nuea (แหนมเนื้อ) is meat preservation by fermentation in order to produce acidic substances as natural preservative.


  • 100g ground beef
  • 2 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cooked rice (glutinous is preferred)


  • Mix all ingredients then wrap with plastic sheet.
  • Fermenting for four days.
  • Cooking before eating (to eat raw is not recommended).

Naam Tok Isan

Naam Tok ( น้ำตก, literally means waterfall ), seems to considered as Thai northeastern style seasoned beefsteak. Isan (อีสาน) means northeastern.

  • 200 g beef
  • 1 tbsp roasted rice, ground
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper, ground
  • 1 tbsp chopped shallot
  • ½ cup lemon balm leaves
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • vegetables ( cabbage, snake bean,..)


  1. Wash beef and slice about 1 cm thick then soak with soy sauce for approximately 1 hour.
  2. Grill beef on the stove with high heat. Don’t forget to grill both sides, rare or well-done as your taste.
  3. Slice grilled beef into pieces,  mix with fish sauce, lime juice, roasted rice, cayenne pepper, shallot and lemon balm leaves. Eating with vegetables.
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