Vietnamese beef stew- bò kho is one of the very common breakfast to Vietnamese people, especially people in the south of Vietnam. There are different ways to make this dish, but Vietnamese beef stew- bò kho with 5 spices is the most popular. That will be a wonderful way to eat it in the cold mornings, with warm and crispy bread or with rice noodle. Today, we will learn how to make Vietnamese beef stew- bò kho.


1.3 kg (3 lbs) beef

2 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp chicken stock

1/2 tsp pepper

2 tsp five-spice/ bo kho powder

2 tbsp minced garlic

1 tbsp grated ginger

2 tbsp soy sauce

4 stalks lemongrass, cut into 3-inch length and slightly bruised

3 star anise

1 cinnamon stick

1.5 cup tomato sauce (or 3 tbsp tomato paste)

300ml coconut water

6 cups beef broth (or water)

1 kg ( 2 lb) carrots

more salt, sugar, chicken stock to taste

optional: coloring oil from annatto seeds

French baguettes / rice noodle


pepper, fried red shallot

sawtooth herbs, Thai basils

thinly sliced onion, chopped spring onion, cilantro




-Marinade beef for 30 minutes with 2 tsp sugar, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp chicken stock, 1/2 tsp pepper, 2 tsp five-spice/ bo kho powder, 1 tbsp minced garlic, 1 tbsp grated ginger, 2 tbsp soy sauce


-Heat a large wok/sauce pan on medium high, add 1 tbsp minced garlic, lemon grass, star anise, cinnamon stick and fry for 30 seconds to bring out the aroma. Add in marinated beef and stir-fry until it is no longer pink.  Add tomato sauce, coconut juice, water/ beef broth. Bring to a boil, cover and cook under medium heat until tender. You can also use pressure cooker.

- Optional: stir fry carrots with garlic, salt, sugar, oyster sauce to make them more tasty.

- Transfer carrots to the pot and cook until soft. Adjust to your taste with salt and sugar.

-Garnish with pepper, fried shallot, Thai Basils and sawtooth herb.

- Serve with baguettes or rice noddle.

Vietnamese beef stew- bò kho will be nicer when it is still warm !

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