Vietnamese Beef and Broccoli Recipe (Thit Bo Xao)


This is a quick beef stir fry recipe accompanied with broccoli florets and carrots. The sauce consists of sherry wine vinegar, palm sugar, soy sauce, oyster sauce and a bit of corn starch as the thickening agent.

I served the beef dish with steamed jasmine rice. It’s that simple. Why order out?

1. Info for Vietnamese Beef and Broccoli Recipe (Thit Bo Xao)

  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Servings: 4
  • Calories: 297kcal

2. Ingredients for Vietnamese Beef and Broccoli Recipe (Thit Bo Xao)

  • 1 pound beef sirloin, very cold, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil (or any neutral oil)
  • 1 pound broccoli florets, blanched and coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup carrot, peeled and sliced
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, peeled and coarsely crushed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons palm sugar (or regular sugar), freshly grated
  • ¾ cup beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon sherry wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil (optional)

3. Directions:

  1. Clean the ginger root and remove any dirt. Peel the ginger root with a paring knife (or the edge of a spoon). Grate the ginger with a fine mesh Microplane.
  2. Note: Make sure the beef is very cold so it’s easier to slice the meat. Cut the meat perpendicular to the grain so the slices remain tender.
  3. In a bowl, combine the beef, palm sugar, red chili powder and grated ginger. Drizzle with a little oil. Allow to marinate for about 5-10 minutes.
  4. Pat the meat dry using paper towels.
  5. Dissolve the cornstarch in a bit of beef stock.
  6. In a wok, add oil. Once the oil is hot (over high heat), add garlic. Cook for a minute. Add the meat and quickly pan-sear each side of the pieces. Add the carrot, vinegar, oyster sauce and soy sauce. Pour in the cornstarch liquid and beef stock. Cook for about 4 minutes until the meat changes color, stirring constantly. Add the broccoli. Mix well. Drizzle with sesame oil.
  7. Sprinkle with black pepper.
  8. Bon appétit!

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