Deana Saukam
Active Time
30 MIN
Total Time
1 HR 30 MIN
Serves : 8

These grilled beef skewers from Deana Saukam, called sach ko jakak, are a popular street food in Cambodia (think Southeast Asian jerky). A honey, lime, and rice wine glaze, infused with galangal and lemongrass, gives the meat an addictive char and sweetness. Slideshow: More Beef Recipes

How to Make It

Step 1    

Combine rice wine, fish sauce, 1/4 cup oil, sugar, honey, paprika, and salt in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Let cool.

Step 2    

Meanwhile, place garlic, galangal, lemongrass bulbs, lime leaves, and turmeric in a mini food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Scrape into a large bowl, and whisk in rice wine mixture until smooth. Add beef and stir to coat. Cover with plastic and refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight.

Step 3    

Thread 5 beef strips lengthwise on each skewer, stretching meat flat.

Step 4    

Preheat a grill to medium-high (about 450°F) or heat a grill pan over medium-high, and brush grate with oil. Grill skewers until meat is caramelized and cooked through, about 2 minutes and 30 seconds per side. Serve immediately.

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