How to create the savoury Yum Nua served in the best Thai restaurant at home?

Different from other popular Thai dishes that you will find at your favourite Thai restaurant in London, Yum Nua is a great, delicious beef salad. This is why it is also known as Thai Beef Salad. At Thai Square Restaurant, one of the best Richmond restaurants, our Yum Nua is served with a special house dressing, providing additional flavour to the dish and soon becomes a popular dish well-loved by our diners.

Introducing Yum Nua – the Thai Beef Salad

Over the years, Yum Nua has become a favourite Thai salad in most of the Thai restaurants around the world. The recipe of Yum Nua is not complicated, and simply requires a simple set of ingredients. The main ingredient is high-quality beef that is thinly sliced and served with a variety of vegetables and seasonings. While you can enjoy this spicy beef salad at your favourite Thai restaurant in London, you can also make this dish at home as well.

How to Make Yum Nua

Keep in mind that there are many different variations of Yum Nua, but here are the most common ingredients in making this beef salad. When served with fresh vegetables and Thai dressing, it makes the perfect dish for a family gathering.


  • 1 lb. High-Quality Sirloin Steak
  • 10 Hot Thai Chili Peppers
  • 1 Head of Lettuce, Bibb or Boston. Or, 1 Heart of Romain Lettuce
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 5 Tbsps of Thai Fish Sauce
  • 5 Tbsps of Lime Juice
  • 1 Tbsps of Sugar
  • 12 Sprigs of Fresh Mint, Leaves Only
  • 1 Small Cucumber with Seed Removed
  • 3 Sprigs of Cilantro, No Stems
  • 2 Shallots or 1 Red Onion Sliced Thin

You are very welcome to add other spices, herbs, or ingredients to the salad to make it even more savoury.

Preparing the Meal:

Now that you have your ingredients, making Yum Nua is not difficult and time-consuming at all.

The first step is to boil or grill the steak until it is medium rare and trim off any fat. Once prepared, you’ll need to cool it down and slice it into thin pieces about 2” across and 1/8” thick.

Prepare the chilis, fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, and garlic and mix them in a small bowl. You can layer it with the sliced meat and add the shallots and cucumbers. Here, you can add more fish sauce for additional flavouring in accordance with your preference and taste.

On a plate, create a bed of lettuce and place the mixture on top. At the end, garnish it with cilantro and now it is ready to serve.

Most of the best restaurants in London serving Thai food will have Yum Nua on their menu. You can still enjoy this scrumptious Thai salad without preparing it yourself. Yet, the best places to eat in London will undoubtedly be Thai Square, where you can get a chance to enjoy a unique Yum Nua served in a special exclusive Thai dressing.

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