Vietnamese Recipes & Cuisines (Meat)

Spiced Beef Stew Recipe

(Bo Kho-Banh Mi)

For best results, do not cook the beef for too long or it will be too tender.

Ingredients : Serves 4

1 kg

2 tablespoons

1 tablespoon

2 tablespoons

1/2 teaspoon

1/2 tablespoon

1 tablespoon

2-3 stalks





Dipping sauce



1 teaspoon

Beef shank, cut into large cubes

Curry powder

Garlic, finely chopped

Annatto seed oil



Cooking oil

Lemon grass, bulbous portions only, bruised

Cinnamon stick, about 5-cm

Star anise

Carrots, cut into large chunks



Red chili, finely chopped

Lime, squeezed and juiced


Method :
  • Marinade beef with curry powder, 1/2 tablespoon garlic, 1 tablespoon annatto seed oil, salt and sugar for 30 minutes.

  • Combine dipping sauce ingredients and set aside.

  • Heat oil and stir fry remaining garlic until fragrant.

  • Add lemon grass, cinnamon, star anise and remaining annatto seed oil. Stir fry for 2 minutes.

  • Add beef and stir fry for another 5 minutes. Pour in enough water to submerge beef.

  • Bring to the boil then reduce heat and simmer for about 1 hour.

  • When meat is 80 per cent tender, add carrots and cook until soft.

  • Serve with dipping sauce and French baguette on the side.

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