Vietnamese Recipes & Cuisines (Meat)

Beef Stew Recipe

(Thit Bo Kho)

This dish always wins much praise, and may become your favorite way to serve beef stew. this works well served with rice, pasta or French bread.

Ingredients : Serves 6 - 8

2 stalks


2 tablespoons

1 teaspoon

1 teaspoon

2 tablespoons

1 teaspoon

1/4 teaspoon

1 kg (2 lb)

2 tablespoons


4 cloves

750 ml (3 cups)

4 tablespoons





Lemongrass, finely chopped

Red or green chili, diced

Finely chopped fresh ginger

Ground cinnamon

Curry powder

Fish Sauce


Freshly ground black pepper

Beef, cut into 2 1/2 cm (1-in) cubes


Large onion, peeled and diced

Garlic, whole peeled


Tomato paste

Star anise

Carrots, cut in 2 1/2 cm (1-in) chunks

Potatoes, peeled and cubed into 2 1/2 cm (1-in) chunks

Daikon, cut in 2 1/2 cm (1-in) chunks ( about 250 g or 2 cups)

Method :
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the lemongrass, chili, ginger, cinnamon, curry powder, fish sauce, salt and black pepper. Add the meat and marinate for 30 minutes.

  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan over high heat and stir-fry the onion and garlic until fragrant, about 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Add the beef and the marinade and stir-fry about 3 minutes or until the beef is browned on all sides. Add the water, tomato paste and star anise. Bring to a  boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1 hour. Add the vegetables and continue simmering until the beef is tender and the vegetables are cooked, about 30 minutes more.

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