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Shaking Beef


4 people


45 minutes


Shaking beef is an authentic Vietnamese recipe with tender beef with savory sauce. This easy shaking beef recipe (bo luc lac) takes 10 mins to make and tastes just like Vietnamese restaurants!


– Beef sirloin. – Garlic. – Shaking beef sauce made of fish sauce, oyster sauce, sweet soy sauce, sugar and sesame oil. – Dipping sauce made of lime juice, kosher salt and black pepper. – Red onion, watercress and tomatoes as vegetable sides.

Step 1

 Combine all the ingredients for Shaking Beef Sauce and Marinade with the beef. Marinate for 30 minutes, preferably 1 to 2 hrs.

Step 2

 Prepare the Vinaigrette by mixing the rice vinegar with salt and sugar. It should be a balance of sour, salty and sweet.

Step 3

Use 3 - 4 tablespoons of the Vinaigrette to pickle the red onions. Set aside and covered in fridge for about 10 minutes.

Step 4

Arrange the watercress and tomatoes on a serving platter and set aside.

Step 5

Heat a wok, pan or skillet over high heat. Add the cooking oil and when it begins to smoke, add the beef cubes in one even layer and allow to sear for about 2 minutes. Sear the opposite sides for about another 1-2 minute to brown all the sides. Shake and toss the wok while cooking.

Step 6

Transfer the beef to the serving platter. Drizzle the remaining 3 - 4 tablespoons of the Vinaigrette over the beef, watercress and tomatoes. Top the beef with the pickled red onions.

Step 7

In a small ramekin, make the Shaking Beef Dipping Sauce by squeezing lime juice over salt and black pepper. Serve the Shaking Beef immediately with the dipping sauce.

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