Bo Nuong Xa (Vietnamese Beef Skewers)

Bo Nuong Xa (Vietnamese Beef Skewers)


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About this recipe: These beef skewers are marinated in a flavourful lemon grass marinade, and can be barbecued or grilled. A traditional Vietnamese dish, best if dipped in Nuaoc Cham sauce.


Serves: 6 

  • 2 teaspoons caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 sticks lemon grass, minced
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 675g beef sirloin, thinly sliced
  • 6 skewers
  • 12 leaves romaine (cos) lettuce
  • 6 sprigs fresh coriander, to garnish
  • 6 sprigs fresh basil, to garnish
  • 6 sprigs fresh mint, to garnish
  • 2 thinly sliced spring onion, to garnish

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:4hr marinating  ›  Ready in:4hr25min 

  1. In a medium bowl, mix the sugar, soy sauce, pepper, garlic, lemon grass and sesame seeds. Place the meat in the dish and stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours.
  2. Preheat barbecue for high heat. Discard marinade and thread meat onto skewers accordion style.
  3. Brush cooking grate with oil, and discard marinade. Arrange skewers on the barbecue. Cook 5 minutes per side. Serve hot on skewers, or remove from skewers and serve on lettuce leaves. Garnish with coriander, mint, basil and sliced spring onions.

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