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This jeow bee recipe is ridiculously easy and insanely delicious. The Lao bitter dipping sauce pairs like a dream with steak and sticky rice and is whipped up within minutes!
What is jeow bee
Jeow bee is a traditional Lao dip known for its bitter taste, primarily derived from its key ingredient, beef bile. It’s a spicy staple in Lao cuisine, often paired with sticky rice and grilled meats.
Lao bitter dipping sauce
Think Thai nam jim jaew, but with a bitter twist. Jeow bee has that same kind of spicy kick, with more umami and bold flavors, all thanks to the beef bile.
Don’t freak out over the beef bile, it’s an everyday staple in Isan and Lao food, like authentic larb salads.
Padek or padaek, which is fermented fish sauce in Lao, is another key ingredient. It takes the sauce from spicy and bitter to a rich, umami-loaded dipping sauce that you’ll want to drizzle over everything. Yep, I think it’s that good!
What’s great about the preparation of this spicy and bitter sauce is that there’s no need for a mortar and pestle, you can just stir the ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
If bold, strong, and authentic flavors are your thing, this sauce is a must-try!
Prefer playing it safe? Try my jeow som recipe, a spicy and sour sauce that’s just as good but without the beef bile!
For the exact measurements, please scroll down to the recipe card at the end of this post.
- Green onions & coriander – These herbs provide a fresh note, as well as adding color.
- Fermented fish sauce – A key element in jeo bee, adding umami with a rich, deeper taste than regular fish sauces.
- Toasted rice powder – Toasted rice powder is made by lightly toasting and grinding rice, it thickens the sauce and gives it a crunchy texture and nutty taste. You can get this at an Asian grocery store or make it at home by toasting and grinding glutinous rice.
- Thai chili flakes – Chili flakes add spice, feel free to add to taste.
- Fish sauce – Made by fermenting fish and salt, offers an umami kick and a salty flavor.
- MSG – A flavor enhancer typically used in Lao dishes for rounding out the flavors.
- Water – Water helps to meld the flavors together and to achieve a saucy consistency.
- Beef bile – Primarily used in traditional Asian dishes for its distinctive bitter taste, beef bile is extracted from the gallbladder of cows. Beef bile can be sourced from specialty Asian markets, or check the frozen section in stores that cater to Southeast Asian cuisines.
1. In a mixing bowl, stir together beef bile, fish sauce, fermented fish sauce, toasted rice powder, chili flakes, and water.
2. Mix in freshly chopped green onions and coriander. Serve immediately with your favorite dishes.
- Serve with grilled meats: This traditional Lao dipping sauce pairs great with grilled meats like beef, chicken, or pork. It’s a popular choice for Thai or Lao barbecues and grilling events.
- As a dip for sticky rice: Go traditional and make Thai sticky rice. The sauce’s intense flavors match with the mild sticky rice.
- Fresh vegetables: Serve as a dip with fresh vegetables like lettuce, Thai eggplant, cucumber, or even carrots.
How to store
Jeow bee can be stored for up to a week. Place it in an airtight container like a mason jar and refrigerate. Always use a clean spoon to serve.
More Lao recipes you’ll love
- Jeow mak muang – Lao fruit dipping sauce.
- Tom khem recipe – Delicious Lao braised pork with eggs.
- Kua mee recipe – Easy-to-make Lao noodles with egg.
- Jeow mak keua – A smoky, spicy, and savory Lao eggplant dip.
- Jeow mak len – Lao tomato dipping sauce
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Jeow Bee Recipe (Lao Bitter Dipping Sauce)
Jeow bee is a spicy and sour Lao dipping sauce that pairs great with grilled meat and sticky rice.
In a mixing bowl, stir together beef bile, fish sauce, fermented fish sauce, toasted rice powder, chili flakes, and water.
Mix in freshly chopped green onions and coriander. Serve immediately with your favorite dishes.
- Amount Per Serving
- Calories 41kcal
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat 0.1g1%
- Total Carbohydrate 6.3g3%
- Dietary Fiber 0.2g1%
- Sugars 0.5g
- Protein 3g6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Use the nutrition card in this recipe as a guideline.