There are many variations of Vietnamese beef stew, but what they all have in common are intensely aromatic herbs and spices. Star anise, cinnamon, lemongrass, cilantro, mint, basil…these ingredients turn beef stew into a vibrant meal, rather than a bland, beige bowl of meat.
Herbs and spices are full of antioxidants, health benefits and medicinal qualities.
Throw in some gelatin-rich short ribs, and this stew is about as nourishing as a meal can get.
Adding even more flavor and aroma, the ingredient list continues with ginger, garlic, fish sauce, and in this Primal version, coconut aminos. When this stew is simmering on your stove, even your neighbors across the street are going to smell it cooking. And they’re going to be jealous.
Servings: 4 to 6
Time in the Kitchen: 30 minutes, plus 2 to 3 hours to simmer