Vietnamese Beef Stew Recipe

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Vietnamese Beef Stew
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  1. If you are using fresh lemon grass, discard the outer leaves and upper half of the stalk. Slice paper-thin; chop very fine. If you are using dried lemon grass, soak in warm water for 1 hour. Drain and finely chop.
  2. In a bowl, combine the beef with the lemon grass, chiles, sugar, ginger, cinnamon, curry powder, fish sauce and black pepper to taste. Sprinkle in 1 teaspoon of the salt; mix well. Let stand for 30 minutes.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large, heavy saucepan or pot over high heat. Add the beef and marinade and stir quickly to sear, about 2 minutes. Remove the meat to a bowl.
  4. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the saucepan. When the oil is hot, add the onion and garlic and stir-fry until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the tomato paste and stir for 2 minutes. Add the beef, star anise, the remaining 1 teaspoon salt and 4 cups of water. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan and simmer until the beef is tender, about 1 1/2 hours.
  5. Add the carrots and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the potatoes and continue simmering for 10 minutes longer. Add the daikon and cook for another 10 minutes.
  6. Serve hot with French bread.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 291.33 Kcal (1220 kJ)
Calories from fat 144.02 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Cholesterol 19.65mg 7%
Sodium 2115.62mg 88%
Potassium 695.41mg 15%
Total Carbs 31.14g 10%
Sugars 9.81g 39%
Dietary Fiber 5.26g 21%
Protein 8.79g 18%
Vitamin C 30mg 50%
Vitamin A 0.6mg 21%
Iron 4.4mg 24%
Calcium 69.8mg 7%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 103.22 Kcal (432 kJ)
Calories from fat 51.02 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.67g 25%
Cholesterol 6.96mg 7%
Sodium 749.56mg 88%
Potassium 246.38mg 15%
Total Carbs 11.03g 10%
Sugars 3.48g 39%
Dietary Fiber 1.87g 21%
Protein 3.11g 18%
Vitamin C 10.6mg 50%
Vitamin A 0.2mg 21%
Iron 1.5mg 24%
Calcium 24.7mg 7%

* 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

  • 6.4
  • 8

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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