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    Vietnamese Shaking Beef - Bo Luc Lac

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    45 mins

    40 mins

    5 mins

    Sue Lau's Note:

    This is a very cooling dish with lots of watercress, and makes a great appetizer or a light entree for 1 or 2.

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    1. 1
      Mix together garlic, fish sauce, sugar, salt, and 2 teaspoons of the olive oil in a shallow dish or resealable plastic bag.
    2. 2
      Add beef and allow to marinate for 30 minutes or more.
    3. 3
      Mix together black pepper and vinegar and marinate onion in this mixture for 10-15 minutes.
    4. 4
      Then combine onion mixture with the oil and toss.
    5. 5
      Arrange watercress on a plate and spread onion on top.
    6. 6
      Heat remaining oil in a pan and stir-fry marinated beef until seared to desired doneness, being careful not to overcook.
    7. 7
      Spread beef over onions on watercress and serve.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 21, 2007


      I'm Vietnamese, and made this for my Vietnamese friends during one of our "drinking night" get togethers. Everyone LOVED it. How it is traditionally served is with a lemon pepper dip. You can use the premade one in the store. It can also be served with red rice (tomato fried rice). Two thumbs up on authenticity. :)

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    • on March 07, 2010


      Very good recipe. But instead of fish sauce, I use low sodium soy sauce (less salty, healthier AND doesn't smell as ... fishy). Also, use butter instead of oil to fry. Om nom nom.

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    • on March 31, 2009


      I took some liberties with this recipe. I used only a little watercress and added one whole thinly sliced cucumber. I also added bean thread noodles to the dish. I mixed up the whole thing with a lot of Sriracha sauce. I liked the dish, but thought it lacked a little flavor. Next time (and there will be a next time), I plan to use more fish sauce and more salt.

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    Nutritional Facts for Vietnamese Shaking Beef - Bo Luc Lac

    Serving Size: 1 (40 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 205.4
    Calories from Fat 138
    Total Fat 15.3 g
    Saturated Fat 4.3 g
    Cholesterol 37.9 mg
    Sodium 445.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 5.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
    Sugars 1.8 g
    Protein 11.8 g

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