Bo Luc Lac (Vietnamese Shaking Beef)

Shaking beef or bo luc lac is a popular Vietnamese dish. Easy shaking beef recipe that is delicious and simple to make. |


Beef Marinade:


Dipping Sauce:

  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 ts kosher salt
  • 1/2 ts fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 red onion thinly sliced
  • 2 bunches of watercress long stems trimmed
  • 2 to matoes thinly sliced
  • Cooking oil for frying


  1. Prepare marinade by combining garlic, oyster sauce, sugar, fish sauce, thick soy sauce and sesame oil with the beef for at least half an hour, preferably 1-2 hrs.
  2. Prepare vinaigrette by mixing rice vinegar with salt and sugar. It should be a balance of sour, salty and sweet.
  3. Thinly slice the red onion and use about 3-4 tbs of the vinaigrette to pickle and set aside covered in fridge for about 10 minutes. Prepare bed of watercress and tomatoes in a serving platter and set aside.
  4. Heat a large wok or pan over high heat. Add about 2 tbs cooking oil and when it begins to smoke, add an even layer of beef and allow to sear for about 2 minutes, before "shaking" to sear the opposite sides for about another 1-2 minute more to brown all the sides. Do this in batches to cook all the beef if necessary.
  5. Transfer beef to bed of watercress and tomatoes. Drizzle another 3-4 tbs of vinaigrette over the beef and greens and top with pickled red onions. Lastly, squeeze lime juice over salt and pepper in a small ramekin.

Recipe Notes

We like our beef medium rare and test the meat by touch and sight--it will plump up slightly and be bouncy to the touch with a spatula.