Vietnamese steak tartare

Luke Nguyen puts a twist on a traditional French recipe with Vietnamese flavours
By Luke Nguyen
Vietnamese steak tartare
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  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Effort: easy


For the fish sauce dressing:

  • 3 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce

For the steak tartare:

  • 400 g good quality sirloin steaks, sinew removed, cut into small 4mm pieces
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 6 sawtooth coriander leaves, finely sliced
  • 1 large handful Vietnamese mint, finely sliced
  • 1 tsp fried garlic
  • 1/4 tsp toasted rice powder
  • ½ tsp garlic oil
  • 1 large handful bean sprouts
  • 1 large handful perilla leaf, or normal mint leaves
  • 8 quail's eggs, leave yolks in half quail shells


1. For the fish sauce dressing: Place all ingredients in a bowl with 125ml water and whisk together until the sugar is dissolved.

2. For the steak tartar: In a bowl, add the chopped beef with the lemon juice and mix well. The lemon juice will slightly citrus cure the beef. Add the fresh herbs, fried garlic, toasted rice powder, garlic oil and 4 tablespoons of the dressing. Use hands to combine everything so ingredients are well incorporated.

3. Divide mixture among 4 plates. In a separate bowl, mix the bean sprouts and perilla leaves. Add the mixture to each plate, then top with a raw quail egg. Serve with remaining fish sauce dressing.

For more recipes like this, take a look at our French recipes.

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