Crying tiger (Sua Rong Hai: เสือร้องไห้) is an Isaan beer snack that is famous though out Thailand and now worldwide….There are a few stories behind the name. Some say the dish is made out of a cheap cut of meat and thus it is so tough that even a tiger can’t chew it and that makes the tiger cry… Some say that it’s the opposite, the steak is the best part but the tiger has started eating other parts first until he is really full and he can’t eat anymore then finds out that he didn’t eat the best part – Charinya of @charinyas_kitchen
Crying tiger (Sua Rong Hai: เสือร้องไห้) is an Isaan beer snack that is famous though out Thailand and now worldwide. The dish is sliced grilled beef served alongside dried chilli, tamarind dipping sauce (Nam jim jeaw) and sticky rice.
- 300g Beef (see note 1)
- ½ tbsp. oyster sauce
- 1 tbsp. seasoning sauce
- 1 tbsp. cooking oil
1. Use the fork to pierce the beef all over then add seasoning sauce and oyster sauce. Give it a good rub for around 5 to 10 mins before adding the oil and again rub well.
2. Leave the beef marinade for 15-20 min. Then cook as your preferred method like grilling on charcoal, BBQ or pan grill.
3. Rest the steak before slicing and serve with dipping sauce.Note 1: I used a beef brisket cut this time. The beef can be chewy for some and could make you cry (joking). If that is the case some other options that could be used in this recipe are rump steak, scotch fillet, porterhouse or wagyu.
The recipe below is easy and is a dipping sauce recipe with reduced sweetness. I have posted another option which might suit foreigners more on my Instagram. You can find the recipe here.
- 2 tbsp. Tamarind sauce
- 2 tbsp. Fish sauce
- ½ tbsp. Palm sugar
- 1 tbsp. Chili flake
- 1 tbsp. Grounded roasted rice
- ½ tbsp. Chopped shallot
- ½ tbsp. Chopped spring onion
- ½ tbsp. chopped coriander
- ½ tbsp. chopped Sawtooth Coriander, optional (see note 2)
1. Combine tamarind sauce, fish sauce and palm sugar and mix well until sugar dissolves.
2. Add chili flakes, grounded roasted rice and all herbs. Taste and adjust if required.
Note 2: Sawtooth Coriander or culantro is sometimes available in Asian grocery shops. If you are able to find it give it a try. The Sawtooth Coriander can be added in other dishes like Tom yum.