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Vietnamese rare beef in lime juice salad

Vietnamese rare beef in lime juice salad (Bo tai chanh) is refreshing with a lot of fresh herbs and lime juice.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Appetizers and Side dishes, Salad
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Keyword: bo tai chanh, Vietnamese rare beef salad
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 292kcal
Author: Sophie


For the beef

  • 6.5 oz beef
  • 3 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • pepper

For the onion

  • 1 small onion
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoon rice vinegar

For the carrot

  • 1 small carrot
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

Other ingredients

  • 1/4 cup cilantro (roughly chopped)
  • 1/4 cup mint (roughly chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Thai basil (roughly chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • crushed toasted peanuts


  • Slice the beef very thinly against the grain. In a bowl, mix it well with lime juice, garlic, sugar, salt and pepper. Cover and put in the refrigerator.
  • Trim off the top and bottom of the onion, cut in half lengthwise and slice thinly. Mix it well with sugar and vinegar. Cover and put in the refrigerator.
  • Peel and julienne the carrot and mix with sugar and vinegar. Cover and put in the refrigerator.
  • Check the beef and give the beef slices a good stir in the bowl every 15 minutes to make sure they are all "cooked" evenly by the lime juice.
  • After 40 - 60 minutes (more or less depending on how rare you like your beef to be), remove the beef, onion and carrot from the refrigerator, drain them and discard any liquid left.
  • Put the beef, onion and carrot in a new clean bowl. Add all the herbs, fish sauce and sugar to the bowl and mix well. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl, sprinkle toasted peanuts and enjoy!


If you don't feel comfortable eating beef not cooked by heat, you can quickly stir fry your beef after soaking it in lime juice in step 5.


Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 470mg | Potassium: 485mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5627IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 2mg