Vietnamese Recipes & Cuisines (Meat)

Seared Beef in Lime Dressing Recipe

(Goi Bo)

This dish, goi bo, is a great Indo-Chinese favorite and versions of it are enjoyed in Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. It is also one of the traditional dishes that appear in the bo bay mon - beef seven ways feast - in which seven different beef dishes are served. For the most delicious result, it is worth buying an excellent-quality piece of tender fillet steak because the meat is only just seared before being dressed in the spicy, fragrant lime dressing and tossed in a crunchy salad of bean sprouts and fresh, aromatic herbs.

Ingredients : Serves 4

1 1/2 teaspoons

450 g

115 g

1 bunch

1 bunch



For the dressing


30 ml

30 ml

2 cloves

2 stalks


Vegetable oil

Beef fillet, cut into steaks about 1 inch thick

Bean sprouts

Fresh basil, stalks removed, leaves shredded

Fresh mint, stalks removed, leaves shredded

Lime, cut into quarters, to serve



Limes, juiced and rind

Nuoc mam

Raw cane sugar

Garlic, crushed

Lemon grass, very finely sliced

Green serrano chilies, seeded and finely sliced

Method :
  • To make the dressing, beat the lime juice, rind and nuoc mam in a bowl with the sugar, until the sugar dissolves.

  • Stir in the garlic, lemon grass and chilies. Set aside.

  • Tip a little oil into a heavy pan and rub it over the base with a piece of kitchen paper.

  • Heat the pan and sear the steaks for 1-2 minutes each side.

  • Transfer them to a board and leave to cool a little.

  • Using a sharp knife, cut the meat into thin, flat slices.

  • Toss the slices in the dressing, cover and leave to marinate for 1-2 hours.

  • Drain the meat of any excess juice and transfer it to a wide serving bowl.

  • Add the bean sprouts and herbs and toss it all together.

  • Serve with extra lime to squeeze over.

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