Cambodian Saraman Beef with Kampot Pepper Sauce - BBE 05/23

4.8/5 from 4 Customers

15 mins

1 hr 50 mins


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This complex Cambodian curry is similar to a Thai massaman curry - rich and dark with lots of aromatic spices. The origin of the recipe is the same - Muslim traders travelled to the region, bringing dried spices from India that were then mixed with fresh local ingredients such as lemongrass and kaffir lime to make the dish. It’s served here with a fantastic Kampot pepper sauce to add extra zing and heat.

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15 mins

1 hr 50 mins



Serves 4


Medium Effort

Main Ingredient



Gluten Free

Gluten Free

Dairy Free

Dairy Free

Taste Profile

Meal Taste



Popular Style




Kampot Pepper: black Kampot pepper
Ground Spices: tamarind (tamarind and cornstarch), nutmeg, galangal, coriander, cumin, turmeric, star anise, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf
Whole Spices: long chilli, cassia, star anise, black cardamon

May contain traces of celery, mustard and sesame

  • 800g diced beef
  • Fresh ginger
  • 150g shallots or 1 medium red onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 lime
  • 400ml full fat coconut milk
  • 50g peanuts
  • 2 tbsp fish or soy sauce (any type)
  • 30g sugar
  • Greens to serve (optional)
  • Rice to serve
  • Large lidded pan
  • Blender

Product Rating (4):


Such an unusual but amazing combination of flavours. We absolutely loved it (and I just ordered 3 more!) The pepper sauce when tasted on it's own is a tangy shock...but once added to the meal it takes it to a higher level. Once 'lockdown' is over we will be feeding this to our friends.

Hopefully it won't be long until you're impressing your friends with this! Happy spicing!


Wow this was amazing we loved the flavours. The fragrance and taste was really different and the Kampot Pepper sauce really brought out the flavour. It doesn’t look the most attractive dish but the flavours were excellent. Another curry from another part of the world ticked off the list!

It's great to hear that this recipe encouraged you to try some new flavours from a different part of the world! Happy spicing!


4/5/22 - nice spicy dish and left overs made great curry butty!

A Cambodian curry butty sounds incredible, we'll have to try it ourselves!


We have made many, many dishes from The Spicery books but this has to be my favourite. Next level delicious! Such complex, rich flavours. Thank you

Thanks for your lovely feedback, Danielle, we're so happy to hear that this complex, aromatic Cambodian curry has stood out as a particular star for you!

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