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Spicy Beef Stew (Bo Kho)

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“This is better the next day like most stews. It`s 2-15-2005 and I just made this it`s fall apart tender. The aromas from the star anise and cinnamon are heavenly. I didn`t find it to spicy. The spicyness depends on the curry you use. I also had a 1/2 red pepper and 1/2 celery which I dice and tossed into the pot along with the beer.”
3hrs 15mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat half of the oil with annatto seeds and stir quickly until the oil takes on the redish-brown color of the seeds.
  2. Set aside, strain and remove the seeds.
  3. Marinate the beef cubes with onion, half the garlic, salt, sugar and half of the annatto seed oil mixture for 45 minutes.
  4. Heat the remaining annatto seed oil and cook the remaining garlic until soft.
  5. Add curry powder, beer and marinade and it`s ingredients.
  6. Braise the beef, adding a little water, lemongrass, star anise and cinnamon.
  7. Cook at 350 degree in oven for 1 hour then and add carrots.
  8. Cook for 1 more hour.
  9. Simmer 5 more minutes.
  10. Garnish and serve over white rice is how I served it. The juices got absorbed into the rice.

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