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Shaking Beef (Bò Lúc Lắc )

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Shaking Beef (Bò Lúc Lắc ) is a simple dish with amazing robust flavours of tender, moist, cubed filet mignon with garlic, watercress and red onions. This dish is one of the most famous at world famous The Slanted Door restaurant in San Frasncisco-where it costs $23 for less than half the amount made by this recipe. You can easily make it at home for far less than that amount.
Ingredients
  Watercress 2 Bunch (200 gm) (The Stir-Fry)
  Beef sirloin 1 Pound (Meat)
  Canola oil 2 Tablespoon (Meat)
  Fish sauce 2 Tablespoon (Meat)
  Black pepper 1 Teaspoon (Meat)
  Oyster sauce 1 Tablespoon (Meat)
  Garlic 2 Tablespoon, finley minced (Meat)
  Palm sugar 1 Teaspoon (Meat)
  Watercress 2 Bunch (200 gm) (Meat)
  White onions 2 , thinly sliced
  Rice vinegar 3 Tablespoon (Vinaigrette)
  Palm sugar 2 Tablespoon (Vinaigrette)
  Rice wine 3 Tablespoon (Vinaigrette)
  Light soy sauce 3 Tablespoon (Vinaigrette)
  Dark soy sauce 2 Teaspoon (Vinaigrette)
  Fish sauce 2 Teaspoon (Vinaigrette)
  Lime juice 1 Teaspoon (Dipping Sauce)
  Sea salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon (Dipping Sauce)
  Black pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon (Dipping Sauce)
  Cooking oil 2 Tablespoon (The Stir-Fry)
  Green onion stalks 3 , cut into pieces (The Stir-Fry)
  Red onion 1⁄2 Small, thinly sliced (The Stir-Fry)
  Butter 1 1⁄2 Tablespoon (The Stir-Fry)
Directions

Place marinade ingredients in a glass or plastic container that has a tight fitting top or a heavy zip-lock plastic bag. Combine the oil, the fish
sauce, black pepper, oyster sauce, garlic and sugar.

Mix well until the sugar is dissolved, then add the beef cubes.

Cover the container and shake the cubes to evenly coat the meat. Leave the cover on and let the container sit in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

Prepare vinaigrette by combining rice vinegar, sugar, rice wine, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce and fish sauce. Sit aside.

Wash the watercress throughly to remove all sand and grit. Arrange the watercress on a large serving platter or dish.

Heat a wok over high heat. Divide beef, green onions and red onions in half, as you will cook in two batches.

Add 2 tablespoons oil to the wok. When the oil starts to smoke, add first portion of the beef in an even layer. Let it sit until it forms a brown crust, about 2 minutes. With a spatula, flip the beef over to brown the other side, about 1 minute.

Add first portion of the green onions and red onions and cook for 1 more minute. Pour half of vinaigrette down the side of the wok, and then shake pan to release the beef and toss with the vinaigrette. Add 1 tablespoon of butter and continue to shake pan until butter melts. Remove the meat and onions from the wok. Keep warm.

Repeat these steps again with the second portion of meat, green onions and red onions. Place the watercress in the middle of the serving plate and spoon hot beef and onions on top.

Prepare dipping sauce by putting salt and pepper in small ramekin and squeezing lime juice over it.

Serve alongside the beef.

Serves 4.

Optional: Serve with small bowls of steamed jasmine rice.

**Tip for special flavour saute 2 thinly sliced shallots in canola oil, drain, and use this flavourful aromatic oil for stirfrying the Shaking Beef in oil.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
Thai
Course: 
Main Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Ingredient: 
Meat
Interest: 
Kids, Gourmet
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
20 Minutes
Servings: 
4
Story
I first fell in love with this dish in Hanoii and then was delighted to try it at the Slanted Door restaurant in San Francisco. This is the restaurant that Tony Bourdain insisted on eating at when he recently was in San Francisco. When Bill Clinton was president and in San Francisco he also just had to eat at this raved about eatery. Now you can make one of it's most popular dishes at home.. In Issan (North Eastern Province) in Thailand there are many Vietnamese and there-fore many Vietnamese restaurants. This is a favourite dish served in many of these Vietnamese restaurants. Bò Lúc Lắc is a simple dish that jumps with flavour! Now you can also make this awesome dish at home!

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5 Comments

HotChef's picture
I have had this at Pham's Slanted Door-wonderful!
info's picture
Would I be able to use lamb or mutton instead of beef? Or any meat instead of beef?
shantihhh's picture
Vietnamese use beef, and beef, and beef, but that being said I think lamb would be fabulous this way! I love lamb! I wouldn't use goat/mutton as it would be too dry and not tender enough. Lamb and onion love each other! This must be a really tender cut of meat. Shanti/Mary-Anne
jtao's picture
This is a fabulous recipe. I am Vietnamese and it tastes exactly as my mom would make it. I had all the ingredients on hand so it was super easy to make. Thanks again for the great recipe.
jtao's picture
This is a fabulous recipe. I am Vietnamese and it tastes exactly as my mom would make it. I had all the ingredients on hand so it was super easy to make. Thanks again for the great recipe.