Shaking Beef

Shaking Beef or Bò Lúc Lắc is a French-inspired Vietnamese dish of cubed steak of beef served with vegetables such as cucumber, tomatoes, red onions, Thai basil and/or salad greens. It’s a simple dish where beef is cut into small diced shaped pieces then tossed while cooked like playing dice on a table, that is also where it got its name from, the action of shaking it while cooking. Like most South East Asian countries beef is quite expensive hence dishes like this are considered a luxury dish that is why it is mostly served in formal gatherings and events.

In New Zealand beef is quite popular hence it is one of the most affordable meat here so we are lucky we can cook good quality beef dishes like this for a very affordable price, in fact some vegetables here are more expensive than meat specially those Asian greens that are not popular like the Thai basil, that is why we are replacing that with spinach. This dish can be enjoyed anyway you can, as a salad, a mains or just a side dish, it is perfect in any way it is served.

Shaking Beef
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Serves: 5-6
Shaking Beef
  • 750 g beef sirloin, cut into small cubes
  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 120 g baby spinach bag
  • oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • freshly ground black pepper
  1. Mix marinade ingredients together, add the beef marinate for at least two hours.
  2. Combine all dressing ingredient together then add the sliced red onions, set aside.
  3. Heat a large wok over high heat, add oil then once it reaches the smoking point add the beef, do not overcrowd so do it in batches if your wok is not big enough. Sear for 1-2 minutes on each side then set it aside, once it’s all seared on all sides, shake it to fully cook. Remove from wok then set aside.
  4. Place spinach leaves on a serving platter topped with tomatoes, cooked beef then the onions. Drizzle some dressing liquid from the pickled onion then serve.



5 Responses

  1. suituapui says:

    I would love to wrap the beef in the leaves with the onion and tomato and eat. Bet that’s gonna be good!

  2. Jeff says:

    What interesting flavors!

  3. It looks absolutely delish, Raymund! Have just had a similar beef but mixed with stir-fried noodles for dinner and intend to make many times.

  4. Christine says:

    This was amazing I just added sriracha and a splash of rice wine vinegar to the marinade. I used tri tip as I had a few stripes in the freezer. So delicious and a quick preparation for weeknights!

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