Beef Lok Lak

Beef Lok Lak is one of the famous dishes here in Cambodia. It is available in almost every restaurant located in the city and you can enjoy an order of beef lok lak together with steamed rice, num pang (local name for baguette), or with some fried potatoes and egg. So for those who wants to learn how to cook this delicious dish, follow the  easy steps below.


1/2 kilo of lean beef

1 pc. lemon

1 tbsp. ground pepper

4 tbsp. sugar

1 tbsp. oyster sauce

1/4 cup of light soy sauce

1 clove garlic


1. Marinate the beef with soy sauce, lemon, pepper, and oyster sauce for at least 30 mins.

2. Heat the pan and pour a little oil. Saute the garlic till golden brown.

3. Put the meat and stir fry for 5-8 minutes. Pour in the left over marinade.

4. Let the gravy thicken for a while and then turn off the heat.

Serve on top of layered lettuce, tomatoes, thinly sliced onion, and cucumber.

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10 Responses to Beef Lok Lak

  1. Jim

    You forgot the pepper sauce that should be served with this dish!

    For the pepper sauce:
    – 1/2 teaspoon sugar
    – 1/2 teaspoon salt
    – 1/2 teaspoon crushed back pepper
    – 1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic
    – and 1/4 of lime juice

  2. Joyce Ira

    You are right Jim!

    Thanks for reminding :-)

  3. Jonas

    I will make my first Beef Lok lak this week, one year after I visited Cambodia :)
    A question, you dont use some of the gravy to make the pepper sauce? If not, is it enough with 1/4 of lime juice to make it a “sauce”? Please explain so I learn how to do it :)
    Thanks Jonas from Sweden

  4. Joyce Ira

    Hi Jonas,

    Thanks for dropping by to my blog :)

    Actually, whenever I cook loklak the meat itself creates a nice gravy/sauce for the dish. What I normally do is, saute the garlic and incorporate all the ingredients, and let the beef cook in a few minutes. While doing this, I make sure the heat is quite high to thicken the sauce quickly.

    It is not really necessary to add up 1/4 cup lime juice unless you want to make more sauce for the dish :)

    I hope this helps you in cooking the yummy beef loklak :)

  5. Remy Hammes

    Made this tonight along with the pepper sauce as suggested and it turned out DELICIOUS!!! 5 adult males that are VERY picky loved it!!!!

  6. Joyce Ira

    Hi Remy!

    Wow! I’m happy that you and the boys loved it! Happy cooking :)

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  8. Phina

    Hi Joyce,

    The picture looks great! For me, I don’t need cucumbers. I need tomato, onion, and salad only. Anyway, it is up to people’s choice. Thanks for posting Lok Lak one of my favorite dish! yum!:)

  9. Allison

    The recipe I got from locals in a village in Cambodia used MSG in both the meat and the dipping sauce. Does this make a difference in the taste, or is it just salty?

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