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This recipe is of Vietnamese origin and perfectly typifies the freshness of the Far East.


  • 275g sirloin steak cut into strips

  • Oil for deep frying

  • 150g green raw papaya finely shredded

  • 85g long beans, cut into 2.5cm lengths

  • 1 heaped tbsp of dry roasted cracked rice

  • 1 heaped tbsp of ground dried shrimp

  • Marinade

  • 3 tbsp fish sauce

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil

  • 2 tbsp sugar

  • ½ tsp ground black pepper

  • For the dressing

  • 3 garlic cloves finely chopped

  • 3 small red chillies, finely chopped

  • 2 tbsp fish sauce

  • 2 tbsp of sugar

  • 2 tbsp lime juice


  • Cracked rice:

  • 1.

    Place 35g of basmati rice in a hot pan with no oil or water and cook until golden brown, and then lightly crush in pestle and mortar.

  • 2.

    Mix all the marinade in a bowl, add the strips of steak and leave for 3 hours.

  • 3.

    Remove the meat from the marinade. Heat the oil to sizzling hot and briefly deep fry the steaks until lightly browned. Turn out and set aside.

  • 4.

    Place the papaya and long beans in a bowl, add all the ingredients and stir well. Just before serving, add the cracked rice and dried shrimp. Stir, and present on a plate and serve with the fried beef.

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