Vietnamese Beef Stew

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My mom brought me a slow cooker and I had no idea what to use it for. It was just sitting at the very bottom of my kitchen cupboard. Finally spent some class time looking up slow cooker recipes and nothing motivated me enough to use it… Until I had a crazy (month+ long) craving for some home-made bo kho (beef stew), just like how my momma makes it back home. Lil spoon looked up a recipe for slow cooker bo kho and voila found this!

Lil spoon then went to Chinatown while I studied and he picked up the spices and other ingredients. The meat we used were some beef with tendon and we grabbed some without the tendon. The only things we were missing were the potatoes (purposely), cinnamon sticks (didn’t have it), & annatto seeds (lil spoon’s cantonese can only take him so far….). Also, some substitutions: instead of flour, we used almond flour and instead of all water, I substituted half of it for beef broth.

Of course, my kitchen still doesn’t have measuring spoons so I used my Vietnamese senses to get the taste just right. Turned out as the best bo kho I’ve ever had (including mom’s, I could be biased though). We ate it with a side of cauliflower rice & sriracha. Yums.

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