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Vietnamese Beef Stew - Bo kho

Prep: 25 Mins

Cook: 20 Mins

Traditional Vietnamese cooking using slow-cooked beef and delicious extra flavour? A warming bowl of Bo Kho never disappoints.


  • 500g beef brisket
  • 4 star anise
  • 1 tsp five spice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 ⅔ tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 large carrots
  • 3 potatoes
  • 1lt chicken stock
  • 1 small baguette

The paste

  • 2 lemongrass stalks
  • 1 red chilli
  • 3 cm ginger
  • 5 thai shallots
  • 4 garlic cloves

1. Place the paste ingredients in a pestle and mortar to make a smooth paste.

2. Heat the vegetable oil in a saucepan over a medium heat, fry the paste for 2-3 minutes, until fragrant

3. Add the beef to the saucepan and seared the meat for 8 - 10 minutes until browned. Stir in the cinnamon, five spice and star anise. Add the tomato, fish sauce, sugar, salt and cover with the chicken stock.

4. Simmer for 1 ½ hours until the beef is tender. Add carrots and potatoes and cook for 20 more minutes.

5. Serve with a piece of baguette

How To Make Warming Vietnamese Beef Stew

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  • 500g beef brisket
  • 4 star anise
  • 1 tsp five spice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 ⅔ tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 large carrots
  • 3 potatoes
  • 1lt chicken stock
  • 1 small baguette

The paste

  • 2 lemongrass stalks
  • 1 red chilli
  • 3 cm ginger
  • 5 thai shallots
  • 4 garlic cloves


1. Place the paste ingredients in a pestle and mortar to make a smooth paste.

2. Heat the vegetable oil in a saucepan over a medium heat, fry the paste for 2-3 minutes, until fragrant

3. Add the beef to the saucepan and seared the meat for 8 - 10 minutes until browned. Stir in the cinnamon, five spice and star anise. Add the tomato, fish sauce, sugar, salt and cover with the chicken stock.

4. Simmer for 1 ½ hours until the beef is tender. Add carrots and potatoes and cook for 20 more minutes.

5. Serve with a piece of baguette

How To Make Warming Vietnamese Beef Stew

Jeremy makes a Vietnamese beef stew, Bo Kho, to warm us up this Christmas! - Check it out!

INSPIRED BY OUR TIPS AND RECIPES?

Why not check out our exclusive School of Wok ranges below - From our popular woks to our fun and inspiring cooking classes, we cater for all of your culinary needs!

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