How to Cook Bo Kho

How to Cook Bo Kho

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 30 mins

Cooking time: 2 hrs 30 mins

Ingredients needed to make Bo Kho:

  • 2 lb boneless beef chuck, trimmed and  diced
  • 2 cups fresh tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 lb carrot, peeled and chopped into 1’’ pieces
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, chopped into 2’’ pieces and bruised
  • 2 ½ tbsp ginger, minced
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 ½ tsp Chinese five spice powder
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 ½ tsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Few Thai basil sprigs, leaved picked
  • Few fresh cilantro sprigs, leaves picked

Cooking instructions for Bo Kho:

  • Place the lemongrass chunks, ginger, bay leaf, brown sugar and fish sauce in a large bowl and stir them well together along with a dash of five spice powder until well combined.
  • Dump the beef chunks into the bowl and give it a nice stir to coat well with the marinade; let it rest for half an hour to marinate.
  • Meanwhile, drizzle oil in a heavy-based large pot and heat it over high flame until it shimmers.
  • Throw in the marinated beef chunks and brown them for a couple of minutes.
  • Drain them out into a bowl and set the bay leaf and lemongrass aside for future use.
  • Toss the chopped onion into it and sauté them over moderate heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until they turn translucent.
  • Stir in the tomatoes and place a lid on top before cooking the mixture for the next 15 minutes.
  • Add a splash of water if the sauce tends to turn thicker and return the meat back into the pot.
  • Drop in the star anise, lemongrass and bay leaf and stir them all together to mix well.
  • Continue to simmer the stew, uncovered for about 5-7 minutes and pour in the measured water.
  • Continue to heat the stew until it starts boiling and reduce it to a simmer.
  • Cook likewise for about 1 hour 15 mins and throw in the carrot chunks.
  • Simmer further for 45 more minutes or until the beef and veggies are cooked through.
  • Discard the star anise, bay leaf as well as lemongrass and pour the stew into a large bowl.
  • Sprinkle the herb sprigs on top and serve alongside steamed rice.

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