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Travel recipes: Lok Lak – Cambodia

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We had just arrived in Cambodia (with the bus as we arrived from Laos) and because it happened to be lunch time, our first acquintance with Cambodia was a traditional dish. After some studying of the slightly complicated menu we figured it out; it had to be a lok lak and a chicken amok. And than the waiting began as we had no idea what we had just ordered.

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I picked the Lok lak and Tom had the chicken amok (kind of a curry) and the taste of my dish was great but the meat was so tough it was hard to chew. Well we were in Cambodia after all and I assume the cows have a totally different life to the ones over here. 🙂 I was curious how an homemade version would be. With Dutch beef instead of a tough Cambodian cow. And I can tell you; it was a 100% better and very tasty. The flavors are fantastic!

Lok lak cambodia | papertravels.com

Originally this dish is served with a fried egg, but we had cooked eggs leftover from the gado gado we made earlier so small detail right? In the restaurant the egg was served on the side which is why you don’t see it in the image on top.


Lok lak cambodia | papertravels.com

Lok Lak

  • Author: Simone van den Berg
  • Yield: 2



  • 500 gram beef thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp oister sauce
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Stirfry sauce

  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbso sugar
  • 120 ml water
  • 1 tsp corn flour
  • salt
  • oil

Lime pepper sauce

  • 60 ml lime juice fresh
  • 30 ml water
  • 1 tsp garlic puree
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 chili pepper finely sliced
  • salt to taste

For the salad

  • Lettuce of your choice
  • 2 ripe tomatoes sliced
  • cucumber
  • 1 pcs red onion finely sliced
  • spring onion
  • cooked or fried egg


  1. Finely cut the beef and mix with the marinate. leave to stand for an hour
  2. In the meantime make the lime pepper sauce and the stirfry sauce by combining the ingredients. Set aside
  3. Stirfry the beef briefly in the oil and remove from the pan. Ad the stiryfry sauce and leave this to reduce until you have a sticky syrupy sauce. If necessary you can add a bit of corn flour to thicken it.
  4. At the beef back in at the last minute and leave to reheat a bit.
  5. Plate by starting with the lettuce and serve the beef on top. Serve with the lime pepper sauce.


The salad is in itself not very special. It’s lettuce, cucumber, onion, tomato and the beef. I forgot the cucumber by the way so you don’t see it in the pictures. Add to the salad whatever you want!

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Simone van den Berg

Simone van den Berg

Ever since I was little I had a keen interest in travel, but my mum got carsick from just looking at a car passing by so we never really went very far when I was a kid. Our first trip outside of Europe was in 1997 when Tom and I went to Mexico and ever since that time we are hooked! I keep notes of all our travels in a growing stack of notebooks. That's why it is called Paper Travels!

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Hi! My name is Simone. Travel addict, photography nerd and foodie. On Paper travels you will find travelstories, travel tips, photography tips and the best restaurants and hotels. Good food is always the leading factor in most of our travels, because that is what makes any trip more special!

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