Vietnamese Recipes & Cuisines (Meat)

Spicy Beef Stew Recipe

(Thit Bo Ham Gia Vi)

Ingredients : Serves 4

45 ml

2 medium

5 cloves


1 stalk

1` kg

1.2 liters

90 ml

1 teaspoon


2.5 cm

1/2 teaspoon

Vegetable oil

Onions, finely chopped

Garlic, finely chopped

Spring onions, dead skin peeled off

Lemon grass, cut into 5cm and crushed

Stewing beef, cut into 2.5cm cubes


Yellow bean sauce, chopped and crushed

Chili powder

Star anise

Cinnamon stick

Whole peppercorns


Method :
  • Heat 15ml oil in a wok over a medium high heat. Put in the onions, garlic and whole spring onions and stir fry for 2 minutes.

  • Add the lemon grass and continue to stir until the onions become lightly brown, remove the spring onions and set aside.

  • Heat the remaining oil over a high heat. Stir fry as many pieces of beef as are convenient until they are brown, turning them over from time to time. Continue until all the beef has been cooked.

  • Add the water. Add the lemon grass mixture, yellow bean sauce, chili powder, star anise, cinnamon, peppercorns and sugar and bring to the boil. Cover and lower the heat to simmer gently for 1 1/2 hours.

  • Add the reserved spring onions, cover again and allow to simmer for a further 15 minutes or until the sauce has thickened a little and the meat is tender.

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