Vietnamese Recipes & Cuisines (Meat)

Beef with Lemon Grass and Mushrooms Recipe

(Thit Bo Nau Voi Sa Va Nam)

Ingredients : Serves 4

450 g


2 stalks

2 fresh

6 cloves

45 ml

1 teaspoon

1/4 teaspoon

50 ml

2 medium

100 g

1 teaspoon

50 g

A few sprigs

Fillet steak, sliced very thinly across the grain

and cut into 5 x 7.5cm pieces

Fresh lemon grass, sliced paper-thin and finely chopped

Red chili peppers, minced

Garlic, minced

Nuoc Mam sauce

Arrow root or cornflour

Freshly ground black pepper

Vegetable oil

Medium onions, finely sliced

Button mushrooms


Roasted peanuts

Coriander to garnish

Method :
  • Combine the beef, lemon grass, chili, half the garlic, 30 ml Nuoc Mam sauce, arrowroot, black pepper and 30 ml oil in a bowl. Set aside for 30 minutes.

  • Pour 1 teaspoon oil in the wok over a medium heat and add the onions and the remaining garlic. Stir fry for 1-2 minutes until they are golden brown. Remove the onions and set aside.

  • Add 8ml more oil, when hot, add the beef, the mushrooms, the rest of the Nuoc Mam sauce and the sugar. Saute over a high heat for 1-2 minutes or until the beef is just cooked.

  • Scoop the food from the wok and arrange it on a warmed serving dish.

  • Arrange the sauteed onions around it and sprinkle the peanuts and black pepper over everything.

  • Garnish with coriander sprigs.

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