Bo La Lot- Beef Wrapped in Betel Leaves

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Apr. 28, 2023

Bo La Lot are traditional Beef rolls, rolled in Betel leaf, this is grilled and commonly found on street carts in Vietnam. A very traditional filling of ground Beef, Salt Pepper, Garlic, Shallots, Lemongrass, Green Red Chilli, Ginger, chopped Coriander Thai Basil Fish sauce is mixed together with a little lime juice. This is shaped into a small sausage shape, and rolled in a Betel or Piper leaf. A tiny hole is made and the stalk is pushed into the hole to secure the roll.


24 30 (70 gms) Betel or Piper leaves
1 lb regular ground Beef
Salt to taste
1 tsp black Pepper
1/4 cup finely diced Garlic
1/4 cup finely diced Lemongrass
1/4 cup finely diced Ginger
2 tbsps minced Green Chilli
2 tbsps minced Red Chilli
1/4 cup minced Shallots
1/4 cup finely diced Coriander & Thai Basil
]1 tbsp Fish sauce
Juice of 1/2 Lime



1. Mix all the ingredients together except the leaves.


2. Place the leaf flat, rough side up with the point of the leaf facing away from you.

3. Grab some of the meat and form a cylindrical or sausage shape.

4. Roll the leaf as you get to the end, make a hole with a bamboo skewer.

5. Take the stem and insert it in the hole to close.

6. Once you have 4 - 6 ready, secure them with a skewer.

7. If you can, cook this over a coal bbq, if not cook them in the oven for about 20 mins.


8. Garnish with chopped peanuts and served with lettuce, herbs, cucumber & carrots, noodles and a special dipping sauce called Nuoc cham.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Ready In: 20 Minutes
Servings: 6