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Vietnamese-Style Beef Soup

4 Servings

FAST: 1 hour 50 minutes
Slow: 7-8 hours 30 minutes active

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This flavorful soup, a simplified version of traditional Vietnamese bò kho, is perfumed with cinnamon and star anise as well as ginger and lemon grass. The broth is not thickened and individual bowlfuls are finished with fresh herbs, so despite the dish's meaty underpinnings, it's a light, refreshing meal. For added substance, you could serve a warm, crusty baguette on the side, or supplement with cooked rice or egg noodles; prepare the noodles according to package instructions, then divide among bowls before ladling in the soup. Garnish with shaved onion and drizzle with chili oil for spicy heat.




Don't use double-concentrated tomato paste, which often is sold in a tube. Its potent flavor will overwhelm the other ingredients in the soup. Also, don't cut the carrots too small. Large chunks cook in the same time as the beef and won't end up mushy and overdone.

FAST: 1 hour 50 minutes
Slow: 7-8 hours

30 minutes active



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Nelida S.
March 21, 2023
Family favorite
Lovely soup especially in winter.
Darcy R.
December 4, 2023
Changed it up a bit
Excellent results by changing it up a bit. I replaced 1/2 of the liquid with bone broth. Once the beef was done cooking I drained the soup and then added back in the garlic, ginger and lemon grass and used the immersion blender to blend into a smooth soup. The texture was awesome. Very impressed how tender the beef was. I chopped the carrots very small and added them back after blending the soup. Served over rice and Vegi's.
Hornofluk C.

Absolutely delicious! The layering of flavours was awesome. This could definitely be served in a Vietnamese restaurant!