Tamarind and Beef

With tamarind (assam) and Sirloin steak at hand, naturally, I go for this quick and fragrant stir fry idea adapted from World Foodie Guide blog.

If you are wondering how this dish taste like. I would say it is sourish with a light sweet hint. Bursting with rejuvenating lime’y’ scent.

Ingredients (Serve 2)

  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • 1 slice of steak (~ 250 g, any type really), sliced thinly
  • 2 tbsp of fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp of tamarind paste
  • 1/2 fresh lime (for juice only)
  • 1 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 1 fresh chilli for finishing touch
  • Fresh coriander leaves for finishing touch (optional, didn’t include in this entry though)


  1. Heat up a  frying pan with 2 tbsp of light veg oil until it smokes.
  2. Toss in chopped garlic to stir fry briefly.
  3. Before the garlic browns, add in sliced steak.
  4. Stir fry the steak into garlic until it is well done.
  5. Simultaneously, add in fish sauce, tamarind juice and brown sugar to mix in.
  6. Add salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste.
  7. When it’s satisfactory, squeeze half a lime over the beef just before serving.
  8. Sprinkle it off with sliced chilli and fresh herbs.



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