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Shaking Beef - Bo Luc Lac

The weather in Vancouver seems so erratic these days! A couple of weeks ago, it was so hot and all of a sudden, it feels like Fall/Autumn now! The leaves on the trees are falling, and the temperature has dropped about 10˚C! Seems like summer has come and is now quickly bowing out..

Anyway, I had made this Shaking Beef-Bo Luc Lac for dinner last night. This is a fantastic Vietnamese beef dish; sweet, sour, spicy, and tangy! I like the pineapples in the dish. Well, if you are going to give this a try, just make sure you have some hot steamed rice to go with it!

Recipe adapted from Pleasures Of The Vietnamese Table by Mai Pham

Shaking Beef - Bo Luc Lac
(Printable Recipe)


1 1/2 Tbsp Fresh Lime Juice
1 Tbsp Fish Sauce
1 Tbsp Sugar
2 Thai Bird Chilies, chopped
1 Tbsp Oyster Sauce
2 tsp Soy Sauce
2/3 lb Beef Sirloin or Flank Steak, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 to 3 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
2 Cloves Garlic, sliced
1/4 Ripe Pineapple (about 1/2 cup), cut into bite-sized slices about 1/4 inch thick (optional)
1/2 Cup Asian Basil Leaves, cut in half
1/4 Red Onion, thinly sliced lengthwise
3 Cups Watercress, washed, picked over and torn into bite-sized sprigs
1 Ripe Tomato, cut into thin wedges


Combine the lime juice, fish sauce, sugar and chilies in a large bowl. Set aside.

Place the oyster sauce, soy sauce and beef in a medium bowl and toss to coat the meat evenly.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the garlic and stir until fragrant, about 5 seconds. Add the beef and quickly stir-fry it until just charred on the edges, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add to the bowl with the lime sauce.

Add the pineapple slices, if using, Asian basil and red onion to the beef mixture. Spread the watercress and tomatoes in an attractive manner on a serving platter. Arrange the beef mixture and all its juices on the watercress and serve immediately.


  1. We are visiting Vancouver in a few days... hope the weather has changes by then (we come all the way from Belgium)

  2. This recipe is very good...the mix are great: soy and oyster ben, tomatoe...I think it was tasteful :)

  3. sounds great, think i will try this for dinner sometime next week!

  4. I just had this for the first time at a restaurant yesterday, and then I see the recipe here! What a great coincidence! I will be trying this recipe soon. Thanks!

  5. your version looks great--pineapples and basil are an interesting twist to this classic! Growing up we always pickled the onions in our version shaking beef which adds that extra tang.


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