I’ve made Vietnamese beef stew (Bò Kho) before from a recipe I found online, but it wasn’t really up to par. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great. It was lacking the depth of flavor I’ve become used to with Vietnamese dishes. So I went searching for a better version, and I think I found a winner!
I originally found this recipe on another blog called I’m Not the Nanny. Not a commonly-known recipe blog (at least not that I’m aware of), but some of the best recipes I’ve found have been on smaller blogs like this. The author, herself, is Vietnamese, and this was a dish she ate often as a child. I had high hopes going in, and it did not disappoint.
The recipe below is adapted from Thien-Kim of I’m Not the Nanny. Be sure to check out her blog for other Vietnamese dishes, and if you especially enjoy the cuisine, for a guide to Vietnamese pantry essentials!
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Vietnamese Beef Stew (Bò Kho)
A hearty beef and veggie stew brimming with Vietnamese flavors and perfect for a cold, winter night.
Toss beef chunks with all marinade ingredients, coating evenly. Set aside to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
Heat oil in a large dutch oven over high heat. Working in batches, brown beef on all sides. Transfer beef to a separate bowl and set aside.
Lower heat to medium, and add onions. Cook until soft and translucent, while scraping up browned bits from pan.
Stir tomato paste into onions, and continue cooking for 5 minutes.
Stir in five-spice powder, pepper, garlic, lemongrass, and star anise. Let cook about 5 more minutes, until spices become fragrant and toasted.
Return beef and collected juices to pot, and add coconut water and water. Stir well, bring to a boil, cover and reduce to a simmer for an hour.
Add potatoes and carrots, return to a simmer, and cook uncovered for 30 minutes.
Remove lemongrass and star anise before serving. Garnish with basil and cilantro, and serve with a nice crusty bread such as a baguette.
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