Crying Tiger Beef with Isan dipping sauce


When living in Thailand, almost every time I went out to an Isan food restaurant, I liked to order this dish. It is really juicy and yummy with a little bit of fat. When I was teenager I didn’t care much about fat, but now I always remove it. In Thai language, Seua means Tiger, Rong Hai means crying or weeping. The Beef is grilled on charcoal slowly  and not well cooked, still a little bit rare and must be cut and served immediately. Fat on the beef is dripping and still hot. There are many stories about Crying Tiger Beef . The Tiger can smell when you are cooking and likes eating rare beef and the hot fat of the beef makes tiger cry when it eats too quickly. And apparently that’s it’s called Crying Tiger Beef :) I like having it with warm sticky rice, fresh vegetables, and papaya salad.

Thai Version

Crying Tiger Beef - Seua Rong Hai with Isan dipping sauce

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

2 persons

Crying Tiger Beef - Seua Rong Hai with Isan dipping sauce


  1. 2( about 200 g each) beef serloin steaks
  2. 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  3. 1/2 tablespoon sweet soy sauce
  4. 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  5. 1 teaspoon raw sugar
  6. Isan dipping sauce
  7. 2 tablespoon Tamarind puree
  8. 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  9. 1 teaspoon palm sugar
  10. 1 tablespoon chilly flakes
  11. 1/2 roasted ground rice powder (roasted uncooked rice)
  12. 1 tablespoon red onion (shallot) thinly slice
  13. 1 tablespoon green onion - thinly slice
  14. 1 tablespoon coriander leaves - thinly slice
  15. To serve
  16. Steamed sticky rice
  17. 1 Lebanese cucumber, ends trimmed, halved lengthways, thinly sliced diagonally
  18. 50 g - green bean ( snake bean), cut into 2 inches


  1. Use fork poke on the beef
  2. Mix all ingredients in the big bowl, and marinate beef for an hour
  3. Prepare pan in high heat, and grill the beef for 4 minutes each side. Taste would be better if using chargrill, and cook slowly. Cooked outside, rare inside.
  4. Wrap the beef with the foil to rest for a while and cut, serve immediately
  5. Isan dipping sauce
  6. In a small bowl, mix together fish sauce, tamarind puree, palm sugar, roasted rice powder, and chilly flakes until well combined.
  7. Add chopped shallot, green onion, and coriander leaves
  8. Serve immediately with grilled beef


Sticky rice - can buy at Asian corner in Coles, or Asian grocery soak in warm water for few hours and steam for 40 minutes, serve warm. Tamarind puree, Palm sugar - can buy at Asian corner in Coles, Woolworth or Asian grocery

About Sunisaoley

Sunisaoley is a Thai housewife living in Australia with her Australian husband and single pre-teen daughter. She loves cooking, gardening and travelling.


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