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Traditional Bo Kho Recipe (Vietnamese Beef Stew)

A comforting, Vietnamese take on beef stew. This traditional Vietnamese beef stew or Bo Kho includes beef, lemongrass, daikon, and other yummy ingredients.
Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Diet: Gluten Free
Keyword: bo kho, bo kho recipe, Vietnamese beef stew
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 311kcal
Author: Becca Du



  • Marinate the beef chuck and beef shank for 30 minutes with 2 cloves of garlic, 1 2-inch piece of ginger (sliced thinly), fish sauce, five spice, cinnamon, and vegetable oil. Make sure to include the bone from the beef shank in the marinade. Set aside.
  • In a large soup pot, saute onions, the rest of the ginger, and the rest of the garlic for 1 minute. Next, add the marinated beef and cook for 2-3 minutes until all sides are seared. Deglaze the pot with red wine and cook until the alcohol is burned out. You shouldn't be able to smell the alcohol anymore once it has burned out.
  • Add in the lemongrass, carrots, daikon, bay leaf, salt, tomato paste, Better Than Bouillon beef base, and water. Bring the soup to a boil and lower the heat to a simmer. Simmer for 2 hours. Check on the soup every half hour and scoop away any impurities that you see.
  • Once done, ladle soup into a bowl. Top with mint and lime juice to finish it off. Eat with bread, rice, or rice noodles.


  • Use beef with a good amount of fat - I use a combination of beef shank and beef chuck because of the fat content. That's how you get a rich broth. I also like to use beef shank with the bone in because bones make for the best broths.
  • Use a yellow onion - I use yellow onions in all of my broths because they provide the sweetness I am looking for. Other onions don't work as well for Vietnamese broths.
  • Make bo kho a day ahead of time - Soups need time to soak up all that good flavor, so they are usually better the next day. For the best results, make the soup a day ahead of time and let the flavors combine over night.
  • What can you serve bo kho with? - I usually like to enjoy this soup with a baguette, but you can eat it with noodles or rice. The last time I made this I served it with rice.


Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 907mg | Potassium: 579mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2586IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 3mg