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The Best Bún Bò Xả Ớt - Vietnamese Lemongrass Beef Recipe

Smoky umami goodness in a bowl.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Marinating Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Keyword: beef, lemongrass, vermicelli
Servings: 4
Calories: 299kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb beef eg cheap sirloin, thinly sliced 1/8" thickness
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1" ginger minced, about 30g/2 tbsp
  • 6 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 stalks lemongrass minced, about 30g/2 tbsp
  • 8 Thai chilies sliced, or other red chili of choice
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce see note
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp oil

Optional Components for the Noodle Bowl

  • 4 portions vermicelli
  • 1/4 English cucumber thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup lettuce or cabbage thinly sliced
  • 4 wedges lime
  • 1/4 cup cilantro roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup mint roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup fried shallots commercially available

Instructions

  • At least 1 hour before (overnight is better), marinate the beef: crush 1 tablespoon of sugar, half the ginger, 2 cloves of garlic, half the lemongrass, and 1 Thai chili in a mortar and pestle. Combine with the thinly sliced beef, along with 1 tablespoon each of fish sauce, oyster sauce, and oil. Mix well, then cover and store in the fridge.
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  • At the same time, make your fish sauce: combine the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 tablespoon of ginger, 4 cloves of garlic, and 2-4 Thai chilies (as comfortable) in a mortar and pestle. Crush into a fine paste, then transfer to a jar along with 2 tablespoons of fish sauce and 1 cup of water. Store in the fridge.
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  • When you are ready to eat, cook your vermicelli to the time indicated on the package (usually 3 minutes), then drain and rinse well with cold water. Set aside. Prepare your vegetables. In the photo, I used quick pickled cucumbers, purple cabbage, lettuce, cilantro, lime, and fried onions.
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  • To make quick pickled cucumbers, thinly slice 1/4 of an English cucumber, then toss with 1 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon sugar. Let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse in cold water.
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  • Heat a large nonstick skillet with 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Fry your remaining 1 tablespoon of minced lemongrass until crispy and golden brown, then drain and set aside, reserving the oil.
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  • Add the marinated meat to the skillet and fry until well charred on both sides. You may need to do this in batches depending on the size of your nonstick skillet.
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  • Arrange vermicelli, vegetables, and beef in a bowl. Toss with 1/4 cup of the fish sauce, then top with fried lemongrass, fried shallots, a squeeze of lime, and sliced chilies, as desired.
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Nutrition

Calories: 299kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 36.5g | Fat: 10.6g | Saturated Fat: 3.1g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 1201mg | Potassium: 495mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 10.4g