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Cooking Cambodian Loc Lac

Cooking Cambodian Loc Lac

JUNE  24,  2020    |    2.5  MINUTE  READ    |    JEWEL ROMDENH, GLOBAL WORKER

Enjoy a special cultural dinner with your family. We’ve gathered some music, a traditional recipe, and ways to pray for the country of Cambodia to give you a fresh perspective of life today! Follow the steps we’ve outlined below by yourself or with your family. Share this with your friends so you can all do this together in your own homes!


Cambodian Christian Worship: (This worship band performs many songs in Khmer, the native language of Cambodia.)

A photo of Loc Lac

RECIPE: Loc Lac (Marinated Beef with Lime Sauce)


Main Dish

  • 1 ½ lbs. flank steak or boneless sirloin, cut into 1-inch strips, about ¼ inch thick
  • 1 head green leaf lettuce, separated into leaves, washed and drained
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 potato, peeled and cut for french fries
  • 1 small tomato, sliced
  • Cucumbers, peeled and sliced
  • Cilantro (garnish)
  • Jasmine rice, steamed


  • 4 garlic gloves, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. finely ground pepper

Lime Dipping Sauce

  • Juice of 1 large lime or 3 Tbsp. juice
  • 1 Tbsp. cold water
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground pepper
    (Adjust according to taste preference)

A photo of the Titus squeezing limes for the Lime Dipping Sauce



  1. Combine the garlic, soy sauce, sugar, and pepper in a large bowl.
  2. Add the beef and stir to coat.
  3. Set aside for at least 30 minutes.

Main Dish

  1. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil and 1 Tbsp. butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Cook and stir potato strips in the hot oil-butter until browned on all sides, 20 to 25 minutes.
  3. Transfer fries to a plate lined with paper towels.
  4. In a large skillet, heat new oil over high heat.
  5. Sauté the onion until just softened, then remove.
  6. Add beef and cook until medium-rare.
  7. Arrange the lettuce leaves on a platter, with sliced tomatoes, cooked onions, and french fries on top.
  8. Once browned or cooked to preference, place the beef on the platter.
  9. Served sliced cucumbers on the side.

Optional: Top with fried egg and garnished with chives and cilantro. Combine the lime juice, water, and pepper in a small bowl and serve with the beef as a dipping sauce.

Eat with steamed jasmine rice. Wrap the beef, tomato, and onions in lettuce leaf.

A photo of Sophear and Chamnab with plates of Loc Lac

Note: The true Khmer version does not include french fries or tomato and will be served with a fried egg.


  • The Need is Great: We are anxious to return. The harvest in Cambodia is readier now than ever before. Please pray for God’s provision to help us become fully-funded as we wait for the coronavirus pandemic to end and for Cambodia to reopen.
  • Provision and Guidance: Please pray for God’s wisdom as we desire to use our remaining time in the States on Homeland Ministry Assignment wisely.
  • Growth of the Cambodian Church: Please pray that God will sustain and grow the faith of our church members and disciples during this time, especially as there are no gatherings for worship, Bible study, or prayer. Pray that the Cambodian church would find a way to be the light and hope during this dark time.

Author Bio: Titus and Jewel Romdenh are pioneer global workers to Cambodia. Although this is a new field for WGM, Titus has lived there his whole life. Together, Titus and Jewel are working to bring God’s love and saving grace to a country in great need of hearing His name. They have two children, Sophear and Chamnab.

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