Vietnamese Beef Stir-Fry with Lemongrass & Chili (Bo Xao Xa Ot)

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Bo Xao Xa Ot

Don’t worry, I can’t pronounce it either.  A sound enough reason to make this easy Vietnamese Beef Stir-Fry at home instead of struggling to order it at a restaurant.

A better reason to make this spicy Vietnamese dish at home?  The aromatic combination of the three key ingredients – fresh lemongrass, chili peppers, and garlic – as they’re stir-fried in your kitchen.

Vietnamese Beef Stir-Fry with Lemongrass & Chili recipe by

Bo Xao Xa Ot is what a stir-fry should be – quick to cook, and exciting to eat.

Just marinate the beef in fish sauce, lime juice, and black pepper.  Then toss it into a steaming wok with the spices – lemongrass, chili pepper, garlic, and turmeric.  And add in soy sauce and sugar to enhance the flavors.  For a healthier version, include some vegetables too like bell pepper, bean sprouts, asparagus or broccoli.

Enjoy this spicy Vietnamese beef stir-fry with a bowl of steamed rice.  And if you have time, cook up another side dish to go with it like Stir-Fried Broccoli & Mushroom or Pomelo Salad.

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Vietnamese Beef Stir-Fry with Lemongrass and Chili Peppers (Bo Xao Xa Ot) 
Adapted from Food Affair Vietnam

1 serving of thinly sliced beef for stir-fry
1/2 tbsp fish sauce
A generous squeeze of fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp oil
2 cloves garlic – roughly chopped
1 lemongrass stalk – outer layer removed, white bulbous end finely minced
1/4 tsp of Season with Spice's turmeric powder
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
Half a red onion - cut into wedges
Half a red bell pepper – sliced thinly
1 fresh red chili pepper (serrano chili) – sliced thinly
Cilantro or green onion for garnish
Unsalted roasted peanuts - crushed (optional)

1. In a bowl, marinate beef for 15 minutes with fish sauce, lime juice, and black pepper.
2. Heat oil in a wok or frying pan over high heat. Once the oil is hot, add garlic and lemongrass and stir-fry until fragrant (about 1-2 minutes).
3. Add in the onion and the beef (with the marinate). Let the beef sear for a minute. Then add in turmeric powder, sugar, soy sauce, and fish sauce, and quickly toss all ingredients together. Add in red bell pepper, and a bit of water if needed. Stir-fry for another 2-3 minutes, being careful not to overcook the beef.
4. Remove from heat. Squeeze in some more lime juice, add a pinch of black pepper, and garnish with cilantro.
5. Serve the Vietnamese stir-fried beef with steamed rice.

- For a spicier version of Bo Xao Xa Ot, add in chili powder or dried red chilies.
- This lemongrass & chili stir-fry also goes well with chicken - a Vietnamese dish called Ga Xao Xa Ot.