Aromatic and Spicy Beef Stew (Thit Bo Kho) Recipe

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Aromatic and Spicy Beef Stew (Thit Bo Kho)
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  1. Cut the beef into 1in cubes and set aside.
  2. Peel and finely chop the onions and garlic. Peel the shallots, but leave whole.
  3. Cut the lemon grass into 1in sections, from the bottom to about 1in from the top; cut off and discard the straw like top. Crush each section lightly with a mallet or other heavy object.
  4. Heat 3 tablespoons of the oil in a non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat.
  5. Add the onions, garlic and shallots, and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add the lemon grass and continue to fry, stirring, until the onions are lightly browned. Turn off the heat.
  6. Take the shallots out of the pan and set aside.
  7. Heat the remaining 4 tablespoons oil in a large, wide, preferably non-stick pan over a high heat. When hot, quickly fry the meat cubes in batches, turning to brown them all over. Remove with a slotted spoon. Brown all the meat in this way.
  8. Return all the meat to the large pan. Add 4 cups water and the garlic mixture. Coarsely chop the beans in the yellow bean sauce (if not already crushed) and add them too.
  9. Also put in the chili powder, star anise, cinnamon, peppercorns and sugar. Bring to the boil, then cover, lower the heat and simmer gently for 11/4 hours.
  10. Add the reserved shallots, cover again, and simmer for a further 15 minutes.
  11. Remove the lid, increase the heat to medium and cook for a further 15 minutes or until the sauce has thickened a little and the meat is tender. Skim the fat off the top of the stew before serving.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 606.43 Kcal (2539 kJ)
Calories from fat 289.83 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32.2g 50%
Cholesterol 34.72mg 12%
Sodium 1118.62mg 47%
Potassium 1278.74mg 27%
Total Carbs 68.87g 23%
Sugars 28.28g 113%
Dietary Fiber 10.81g 43%
Protein 18.54g 37%
Vitamin C 24.1mg 40%
Iron 7.9mg 44%
Calcium 136.6mg 14%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 108.56 Kcal (455 kJ)
Calories from fat 51.88 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.76g 50%
Cholesterol 6.22mg 12%
Sodium 200.24mg 47%
Potassium 228.91mg 27%
Total Carbs 12.33g 23%
Sugars 5.06g 113%
Dietary Fiber 1.93g 43%
Protein 3.32g 37%
Vitamin C 4.3mg 40%
Iron 1.4mg 44%
Calcium 24.4mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 14
  • 17

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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