Cambodian Lok Lak

Author: Marthinus Strydom
Category: Stir-fry
Serves/Qty: 2
Marthinus Strydom

On the menu tonight was Cambodian Lok Lak. A traditional Cambodian dish made with beef or chicken. My beautiful daughter Zita Strydom brought the Lok Lak spice all the way from Cambodia. What a spoil!

The Story

Here is one of the emblematic dishes of Cambodia: beef lok lak. Lok lak or loc lac (ឡុកឡាក់) appears on the menu of most restaurants in Cambodia but also abroad. It is indeed a dish that delights the palate of Westerners and has therefore exported very well.

It consists in beef cut into pieces, marinated and then sautéed in a wok before being served on a bed of green salad with slices of tomatoes and cucumber that bring freshness to the dish.

It is accompanied by rice as well as a lime and black pepper sauce in which the meat can be dipped before eating. A culinary journey!

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150 g beef fillet
½ tsp sugar
½ tsp salt
½ tsp crushed black pepper
⅓ tsp chilli sauce (optional, preferably vietnamese or chinese chili sauce)
1 tsp oil + extra for cooking
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
½ an onion, chopped
a few lettuce leaves
For the pepper sauce
½ tsp sugar
½ tsp salt
½ tsp crushed back pepper
½ tsp crushed garlic
¼ of a lime


  1. Mix sugar, salt, pepper, oil, soy sauce, oyster sauce, ketchup and garlic in a mixing bowl, add meat and coat thouroughly. Marinate 30 to 60 minutes.
  2. Mix salt, sugar, pepper and garlic in small bowls (pepper sauce for each person)
  3. Add oil to a wok, sautee onions until brown and add chicken, stir fry 5 to 10 minutes, until done.
  4. Mix in chili sauce as desired. - Prepare serving plates with rice and a bed of lettuce
  5. Just before serving, squeeze the juice of 1/2 lime into the pepper sauce and stir lightly.
  6. Serve chicken over lettuce with pepper sauce on side. The chicken is eaten wrapped in a lettuce leaf and dipped into the pepper sauce. For a little more punch, add chili sauce to marinade rather than while cooking and marinate an extra 30 minutes.

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