What is bò kho? Well, bò means ‘beef’ in Vietnamese and kho means ‘to stew’. Generally it’s eaten for breakfast with French bread or you can have it for lunch and dinner. In which case it will be served with either rice or rice noodles.
It’s crazy isn’t it! How can you eat this for breakfast? You will generally find that most Southeast Asian countries eat the same style of food for breakfast. It’s very full on as we believe that breakfast should be the most important meal of the day.
Vietnamese beef stew is definitely my kind of comfort food. My two daughters have started to enjoy this dish as well. They are at an age now where I’m trying to introduce them to the kind of Asian food that I grew up eating. I don’t want to leave it any later. Believe me! They will be content if I gave them fish fingers and chips everyday :-).
There are so many versions…
You will find so many different version of this dish. I have seen it done with curry powder, chinese five-spice and coconut juice. My version is quite simple and only takes around an hour to cook. I don’t use beef bones that you have to cook for hours to get the beef flavour. I substitute this with ready-made beef stock and I use good quality beef.
If you’ve always wanted to cook a Vietnamese dish then I would advise you to start with the Vietnamese beef stew. Plus if you have made British beef stew then you’ll find this dish a breeze. What are you waiting for? Happy cooking! 🙂
- 500g Braising Beef or Fillet Steak (diced)
- 1 Lemongrass (bruised)
- 1.5 tbs of fish sauce
- 1.5 cm of ginger (sliced)
- 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
- 1 pint of beef stock
- 3 star anise
- 1 tbsp of tomatoe puree
- 1 onion
- 1 tbsp of honey
- 2 carrots (medium)
- In a casserole pot, heat 1tbsp of oil over medium high heat. Sear the beef on all sides, then transfer to a plate
- Add 1 tsp of oil and lower the heat to medium-low, add onions, garlic, chilli and ginger and cook gently, stirring, until fragrant and soft, around 3-4 minutes
- Add the lemongrass and star anise.
- Add the beef stock and tomatoe puree.
- Add the beef back in to the pot
- Turn on the heat and bring to boil and turn down the heat and simmer for 30 mins
- Add the carrots and simmer for another 25 mins