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Bo Luc Lac Recipe (Vietnamese Shaking Beef)
5 from 13 votes

Bo Luc Lac

This shaking beef is one of the most popular menu items that you would find at Vietnamese restaurants. It's loaded with sweet and savory flavors, yet, it's so easy to make.  It's the perfect dish to make on special nights
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Vietnamese
Servings 6
Calories 376 kcal


  • pound rib-eye or top sirloin steak , (trimmed, cut into 1½-inch cubes, and pat dry)
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • ¾ tsp black pepper
  • ½ cup + 1 tbsp vegetable, peanut, or canola oil

Marinade Sauce:

  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce, (add more according to your liking)
  • ½ tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • ½ tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp sugar, (use more or less sugar according to your liking)

For Serving:

  • fresh watercress


  • In a small bowl, combine all the marinade sauce ingredients. Reserve 1 tbsp of marinade sauce for stir fry.
  • In a large bowl, add beef cubes, garlic, black pepper, and marinade sauce. Stir to combine and marinate for 30-60 minutes at room temperature.
  • In a large wok or cast-iron, or non-stick skillet, heat ½ cup of oil over high heat until beginning to smoke. Working in multiple batches, cook the beef until slightly charred on all sides and medium-rare inside for about 1 minute.
    Transfer the seared beef to a plate.
  • In a clean wok, heat 1 tbsp of oil over high heat. Add yellow onion, cook, and, keep stirring for about 1 minute. Add red bell pepper, cook, and keep stirring until tender and slightly charred for about 1 minute.
    Add seared beef and 1 tbsp of marinade sauce. Cook and keep stirring until the sauce has thickened and starts to caramelize for about 3-5 minutes. Do not overcook the meat.
    Taste the meat, adjust the seasoning with extra oyster sauce or salt if needed.
  • Arrange the shaking beef on the bed of watercress. Serve and enjoy with white rice.



Fish Sauce Please note that not all fish sauce products are created equal and they usually have different sodium levels. 
To add saltiness to the dish, just add a small amount of salt. Do not go overboard with fish sauce or all you’ll taste is fish sauce.
You can purchase fish sauce at any Asian grocer or Target, Kroger/Ralphs, Vons, and Amazon.com
How to Store the Leftover First, let the leftover Bò Lúc Lắc - Vietnamese Shaking Beef cool down before transferring it to an airtight container.
Properly stored, it will last 1-2 days in the refrigerator or up to 3 months in the freezer. 


Calories: 376kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 28gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 651mgPotassium: 481mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 800IUVitamin C: 35mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 3mg
Keyword bo luc lac, shaking beef, Vietnamese shaking beef
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