A phla may include raw beef or various kinds of raw seafood, drizzled with a pungent dressing. Included as one of his favourite dishes in King Rama II’s boat songs. Try and get hold of the best quality aged beef, as it will play a pivotal role in this recipe. The beef can be kept completely raw if it is left to cure in the predominantly sour dressing for a few minutes. Finely sliced lemongrass and coriander can also be added for extra herbaceous notes. —siamesecooking
What You'll Need
For the dressing
cloves of garlic
fresh red chilies to taste
a pinch of salt
a pinch of grated palm sugar
For the salad
oil for frying
good quality beef, rib eye, fillet, sirloin
shallots, finely sliced
mint leaves, picked
kaffir lime leaves, finely julienned
In a pestle mortar pound garlic, fresh chilies and salt into a paste. Season with palm sugar, fish sauce and lime juice.
Heat the oil in a pan until very hot, sear the beef briefly on both sides and rest on a plate.
Slice the beef and arrange on a plate, sprinkle with shallots, mint and kaffir lime leaves. Add any resting juices to the dressing and drizzle over the meat, serve.