Vietnamese shaking beef (bo luc lac) is a tasty and easy stir-fried beef dish that is very popular in Vietnamese cuisine. You just marinate it, saute some aromatics, and then shake the beef in the pan! Bo Luc Lac is a favorite of mine! Bo means beef and Luc Lac means shaking or shaken. It was one of my first YouTube cooking videos because it’s tasty and so easy to make! Everyone who has made this has told me they love it!
Marinate overnight if you can, but it’ll still taste okay with a shorter marinating time. Reserve the marinade when pouring the meat into the pan in order to get a good sear. Spread the beef cubes out across the pan and leave it alone for a bit so it can brown nicely.
It tastes amazing served with lettuce and tomatoes. You can also eat it with watercress or arugula! You can squeeze some lime and add salt/pepper to serve or make a lime, salt, and pepper dipping sauce.
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Korean short ribs – sweet, savory, nutty, and fatty ribs are marinated overnight and then grilled to perfection.
Bo Kho – Vietnamese beef stew filled with super tender beef shank, aromatics, and a dark savory broth
Vietnamese Shaking Beef
This is a tasty and easy stir-fried beef dish that is very popular in Vietnamese culture. You just marinate it, saute some aromatics, and then shake the beef in the pan!
- Mix ingredients for the marinade and then combine with the beef cubes. Let it marinate for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
- Prepare the serving plate with sliced tomatoes and greens.
- On medium heat, add oil & onions to the pan, stir for about 2-3 minutes.
- Add garlic and stir for 1 minute. Then remove everything and be sure to clean the pan completely before cooking beef.
- Use the same pan, turn to med-high heat, add oil and beef WITHOUT the marinade (juices = boil 🙅🏻♀️ we want to sear 👍🏼)
- Give it a stir only every 30-60 seconds. You want to leave the meat undisturbed on each side so it gets a nice sear, so don’t stir the entire time.
- Once searing is done, add the leftover marinade and toss/shake for a minute
- Turn off heat, add butter, onion/garlic + toss
- Option 1: dress with lime juice, salt, and pepper. Option 2: Making dipping sauce with lime, salt, and pepper.
- Pour everything on your tomatoes and greens platter & enjoy with rice