Burmese Pounded Beef

Burmese Pounded Beef

Servings: 4 servings
Author: Marvellina
Beef pieces are pounded together with aromatic spice paste and herbs that will leave you begging for more. Eat them with rice, or salad, or taco, whatever it is, you won't be disappointed for sure!
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  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless lean beef shoulder
  • 1 large bunch of Vietnamese Coriander (rau ram) (you can substitute with 1/2 coriander leaves and mint leaves if you can't find rau ram) - roughly chopped
  • Small bunch of coriander leaves (roughly chopped)
  • Salt to taste

Spice paste:

  • 1 tsp ground Sze Chuan peppercorns
  • 2- inch slice ginger (finely minced or use garlic press)
  • 5 cloves garlic (finely minced or use garlic press)
  • 2-3 red chili (seeded if you like and finely chopped)
  • 1/2 Tbsp fish sauce or more to taste


  • Cut the beef into small cubes, around 1-inch. Place the meat in a large pot. Place about 1/2 inch of water inside the pot and add in the beef. Let the beef boil for about 30 minutes on low to medium heat
  • Preheat a large skillet with oil. Add in the beef and let them brown all over. Set aside
  • Place all or half (if you have small mortar) of the ingredients for spice paste in a mortar and pound into a paste. Repeat with another half if you divide them. Place small batches of the meat in the mortar with the spice paste and pound the beef until they are soft and broken. Repeat this step until you have pounded all the beef. Season with salt to your taste if needed
  • Lastly add in the Vietnamese coriander and toss to mix again and garnish with coriander leaves for final touch


  • Serve with some lettuce as a wrap if you prefer or serve with some rice as part of multi-course meal