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Bò Kho (Vietnamese Beef Stew)

  • Prep Time Prep: 30 Mins
  • Cook Time Cook: 90 Mins
  • Serves Serves: 4-6
Chef Tu David Phu

Chef Tu David Phu

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Bò Kho (Vietnamese Beef Stew)

Chef notes

The humble Bò Kho is a meat representative of its cornucopia of ingredients, masterfully cooked. And the best part is, in the progressing days, it will continue to develop flavor as the aromatics (slowly) perfume and permeate the stew. Nostalgia suggests serving the stew over a steaming bowl of rice. Or with a crumbly baguette. My favorite way to have this stew is to serve it with Phở noodles; transforming the dish into Phở Bò Kho.

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  • Prep time Prep time: 30 Mins
  • Cook time Cook time: 90 Mins
  • Total time Total time: 2 H & 45 Mins
  • Serves Serves: 4-6
  • 2 lbs. Beef Stew Meat
  • 1 cup Coconut Water
  • ¼ tsp Agean Fennel Seeds
  • ¼ tsp Highland Cloves
  • 1 stick Padang Cassia Cinnamon
  • 2 pods Vietnamese Star Anise
  • ¼ tsp Annatto Powder [or Paprika]
  • 1 stalk Bruised Lemongrass
  • 4 cloves Minced Garlic
  • 2 tsp Grated Ginger
  • 2 each Sliced Carrots
  • 1 each Serrano
  • 1 each Sliced Onion
  • 3 tbsp AP Flour
  • 3 tbsp Son Fish Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Tiger Sa Tế
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Sugar
  • Cooking Oil, as needed

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Padang Cassia Cinnamon

Padang Cassia Cinnamon

Sun Dried Star Anise

Sun Dried Star Anise

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Step 1 - Marinate the Beef

Step 2 -

Cube beef into 1” chunks [2 lbs.]

Step 3 -

Dust the beef chunks with AP Flour

Step 4 -

Preheat a large wok (or cast iron pot) on high heat for 2 minutes

Step 5 -

Add 1 tbsp., of Cooking Oil

Step 6 -

Once the oil shimmers, add the Beef Chunks

Step 7 -

Immediately, season the beef with 1 tsp., Kosher Salt

Step 8 -

Roast the beef chunks in the pot until it browns (4-5 minutes)

Step 9 -

Stir and mix.

Step 10 -

Add the all of the aromatics, spices, and vegetables

Step 11 -

Roast the vegetable mix in the pot until it browns (4-5 minutes)

Step 12 -

Stir and mix.

Step 13 -

Add coconut water.

Step 14 -

Season the stew with Son Fish Sauce, Tomato, and Tiger Sa Tế

Step 15 -

Bring the pot to a simmer.

Step 16 -

Simmer for 45 minutes.

Step 17 - Assemble

Step 18 -

In a large soup bowl, first, start with rice (egg or pho noodles) in a bowl

Step 19 -

Ladle the beef stew into the bowl

Step 20 -

Garnish with scallions and fresh chilies

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