Fragrant Beef Stew
Bo Kho

 

 

 

Fragrant Beef Stew

This is the Vietnamese variation of a traditional French dish.

3 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons annatto seeds
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, diced
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon salt
2 lbs (1 kg) top round (top-side) beef, cut into chunks
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 cup (250 ml) beer or water
1 stalk lemongrass, thick bottom part only, outer layers discarded, inner part
bruised
3 star anise pods
1 cinnamon stick (3 in/8 cm)
1 carrot, sliced diagonally
1 lime, sliced, to serve
1 cup (40 g) mint leaves, to serve
Salt, Pepper and Lime Mix to serve

 

 

 

1 Heat the oil in a wok or skillet over medium heat. Briefly stir-fry the annatto
seeds until the oil turns reddish-brown. Remove from the heat, strain the oil
and discard the seeds.
2 Combine ½ of the annatto flavored oil, 1/2 of the garlic, the onion, sugar
and salt in a large bowl. Add the beef chunks and mix well. Allow to marinate
for at least 30 minutes.
3 Heat the remaining annatto flavored oil over medium heat. Stir-fry the
remaining garlic until fragrant and golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the
curry powder, beer or water and marinated beef, and mix well. Bring the mixture to a boil, then add a little water, lemongrass, star anise and cinnamon,


and stir well. Reduce the heat to low and braise the beef uncovered for about 45 minutes until tender. Add the carrot and simmer for another 10 minutes
until cooked. Remove from the heat.
4 Serve the beef stew with lime, mint leaves and a bowl of Salt, Pepper and
Lime Mix on the side.

 

Note: You may wish to remove the star anise and cinnamon stick before serving. This dish can easily be refrigerated and reheated the next day, and
tastes even better when the spices have had time to mingle.

Serves 6 Preparation time: 20 mins Cooking time: 1 hour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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