This post for Vietnamese Beef Stew (bò sốt vang) was created in partnership with Ninja® Cooking System with Auto IQ™. I received complimentary products and compensation to facilitate my review, but all opinions are mine.
The rich aroma of Vietnamese beef stew (bo sot vang) is filling my house. I am so hungry that I could start nibbling on my fingers! But I wont! Thanh, my daughter’s Vietnamese friend sent me this fabulous recipe; it’s one of her favorites, and it’s perfect for the cooler weather . It’s also a variation on a more European style beef stew, which doesn’t come as a surprise given the French influence in Vietnam.
Thank you Thanh for sharing this awesome recipe with me and my readers. What makes this such an awesome appliance is that you can brown the meat with the garlic in stove top mode, add the rest of the ingredients, and then change the setting to a slow cooker. It really makes preparing this dish so much easier.
I am using an amazing appliance to cook my Vietnamese beef stew: Ninja Cooking System with Auto IQ. This is my first time, and I am very excited. This is more than a slow cooker. It has a stove top setting that you can use to saute or sear. It’s also a steamer, and an oven for baking! Yes, you can use it to make certain breads. You can adjust the temperature from 250’F-425’F. Perfect for dry roasting. This machine will make your life so much easier. It’s not only a slow cooker, it’s a multi cooker!
Also, compared to traditional slow cookers which only heat from the sides, the Ninja Triple Fusion® heating system brings heat from the bottom and the sides. The result is even heating throughout. The ACCUTEMP control will also help keep an even temperature distribution. And, the 6 quart pot is dishwasher safe. BONUS!!
Now, back to my Vietnamese beef stew (bo sot vang). So, what ingredients give this dish its Vietnamese character? Well, for starters, star anise. You will definitely find star anise in many Asian recipes. Persian, and some Mughal Indian cooking also use star anise to flavor their curries. Now, don’t confuse star anise with anise seed, they’re actually not even related. Star anise tastes a bit like a mild licorice with herbal overtones.
Here’s a short botany lesson:
Star anise is a seed pod from an evergreen native to Asia. It’s been used for over 3,000 years in traditional Chinese medicine. According to ancient medical practices, star anise helps regulate qi(chi) which is the energy in every person. My qi definitely needs improving. Does yours?
Now, here’s a bit of trivia: Star anise is used in Tamiflu, yes, the flu medicine. I didn’t know that until I started doing some research on star anise for this blog post.
Oh so delicious!
Now, that my Vietnamese beef stew (bò sốt vang) is ready, and my house smells so gloriously good, it’s time to dig in. I am serving it with banh mi or bánh mì. My daughter who lives in Vietnam told me that the word banh mi is the generic Vietnamese word for bread. Actually banh means bread and mi means wheat. The French introduced the baguette to French Indochina during the colonial period. The origin of the word comes most likely from the French: “pain de mie” which is a soft white bread.
One more Ninja tidbit
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I hope you share this recipe for Vietnamese beef stew (bo sot vang) with your friends, and feel free to make any variations to the recipe. As I always say: ” A recipe is just a suggestion. “Bon Appetit!”
Vietnamese Beef Stew (bo sot vang)
A delicious Vietnamese beef stew (bò sốt vang) flavored with star anise and coriander, then cooked with carrots, in a red wine sauce. A tasty variation on an European favorite.
Cilantro for garnishing.
In small bowl, mix together salt, pepper, coriander, and cinnamon.
Cut beef into bite-size pieces and season with spice mixture.
In the Ninja insert, heat olive oil, and quickly stir fry beef in stove top mode.
- Add the garlic, and continue to cook until the garlic begins to soften.
Add the carrots, tomatoes, anise pods, and the bay leaves.
Pour in the wine, water, and tomato paste. Stir.
Change the setting on your Ninja to slow cooker on high. Cook for two hours. The Ninja will automatically switch to "stay warm" mode when done.
Finally, serve with plenty of crusty bread.