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[Photograph: Luk Thys]

Isan, a rural area located in northeastern Thailand, is a place where salad magic happens. It's the birthplace of the wonderfully fresh green papaya salad as well as meatier options like this Grilled Beef Salad.

Adapted from Bangkok Street Food by Tom Vandenberghe and Eva Verplaetse, this salad is best enjoyed with chargrilled tenderloin but a stovetop sear will do the trick in a pinch.

Once you've grilled your steak (nice and rare, please) it's sliced and tossed with the holy trinity that makes up the Thai dressing: fish sauce, lime juice, and sugar. The salady elements come into play by way of fresh mint, shallots, spring onions, and thinly sliced lemongrass. The spicy-sour and vibrantly fresh dish is finished with a nutty sprinkle of toasted rice powder.

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