Flavorful twist on Beef Stew – Bo Kho: Vietnamese Beef Stew.

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Flavorful twist on Beef Stew – Bo Kho: Vietnamese Beef Stew.


Here is an amazing twist on the standard beef stew that will fill you mouth with fresh savory flavors. Goes great with fresh bread or a bowl of pho noodles.





  • 2 ½ to 3  pounds boneless beef chuck or brisket or any beef on sale, we used sirlon. (cut into 1½-inch chunks)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 3 tablespoons ginger (minced)
  • 5 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons five-spice powder
  • 1½ teaspoons brown sugar



  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 stalk lemongrass (cut into 3-inch lengths, after removing any tough woody parts)
  • 2 stalks lemongrass (minced, after removing any tough woody parts)
  • 8 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 onion (sliced thinly)
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste or 1 can diced tomato.
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • star anise
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper &1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  •  1 tablespoon paprika
  • 3 potatoes peeled and diced ¾ inch size
  • 8 large carrots (peeled and cut on the bias into 1½ -inch chunks)
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chili oil (optional or to taste)
  • Fresh bread or baquette.
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro leaves OR 1/2 cup Thai basil leaves
  •  Lime wedges



  1. First marinate the beef. Combine the beef with the garlic, ginger, fish sauce, five-spice powder, and brown sugar until each piece is evenly coated. Marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a large stock pot or Dutch oven over high heat. Add the beef to the pot, and brown evenly on all sides and then remove, save all juices. You will have to do this in 3 or 4 separate groups so you do not over crowd pan. Deglaze with ¼ cup white wine and save.
  3. Next heat 3 tablespoons of oil. Add the stalks of lemongrass and allow them to infuse the oil for 1 minute. Next, add the minced lemongrass and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the onions and cook until translucent. Then add all of the beef to the pot for one minute. Then add the tomato paste or diced tomatoes.
  5. Stir and cook uncovered for 5 minutes. Add the water, chicken broth, star anise, ground black pepper, chili powder and paprika. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to medium low, and simmer for 1 hour.
  6. After an hour has passed, add the carrots, potatoes, salt, soy sauce, and chili oil. Simmer for another 40 minutes.
  7. To serve, remove the large lemongrass stalks and any star anise pods you can fish out. 
  8. Garnish with cilantro and/or Thai basil and serve with some lime wedges on the side with fresh bread.



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David Popoff
Connecticut Licensed Real Estate Broker
Realtor® Green
Seller Representative Specialist
Accredited Buyer Representative


DMK Real Estate, Darien, CT.
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Comments (6)

George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

David it sounds great.  I am going to see if I can get my wife to make it.

Jan 09, 2021 03:16 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi David,  Thank you for sharing this recipe for a different flavor in our beef stew.  Sounds good - I think I 'll give it a try this week.

Jan 09, 2021 03:26 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Sounds like a perfect meal for these cold winter days.  Thanks for sharing.

Jan 10, 2021 02:29 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

This is definitely outside of my comfort zone. I'll have to give it a try. Thanks David!

Jan 10, 2021 01:55 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

David - That recipe sounds scrumptious.  I would never have thought to add ginger to beef stew.  But, it sounds wonderful, now that I consider it.

Feb 20, 2021 05:07 PM
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

It is an easy recipe to follow and makes great left overs.


Feb 21, 2021 05:20 AM