Vietnamese Beef Stew


I know what you’re thinking: “A stew. Really? When it’s so hot and muggy?”

Mama's High Strung- Vietnamese Beef Stew Yes… because this Vietnamese Beef Stew proves that it IS possible for a stew to be light, and, dare I say it, refreshing.

It’s the star anise and cinnamon combination that lifts this stew above the ordinary and gives it a playful summery flavor. Simmering it for hours tenderizes an otherwise tough cut of meat and allows the flavors to deepen and develop.

My inspiration for this stew comes from a similar dish I devoured at James Beard Award-winning Chef Chris Shepherd’s restaurant, Underbelly, in Houston.

I prepared this recipe on top of the stove in my Pauli Cookware. You can also cook it in a crockpot, so that after being out of the house all day enjoying summer, you’ll have a great dinner waiting for you at home!

Star anise is a key ingredient in this dish… read more about it in my post “What is Star Anise?”
Here’s another delicious dish I think you’ll enjoy… Seafood Cioppino.

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11 thoughts on “Vietnamese Beef Stew

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  2. DM Du Jour

    Yuuum! Vietnamese beef stew is one of my favorites my mom used to make when I was a kid. Thank you for sharing with us at the Motivational Mondays Linkup Party! 🙂

    1. Mama Post author

      Let me know what you think… and congrats on winning the crock pot (I never win anything!hahahahaha). Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Adam J. Holland

    From one former journalist to another — Bravo! Glad you’re using both gifts (cooking and storytelling) to bring us beautiful recipes like this one. You’ve got a new fan in the Lone Star State. 🙂

  4. Bill

    I was in Vietnam last year and had some great Pho. This recipe brings back great memories of that trip. I made a chicken version of this dish a few months ago, but the beef version sounds delicious! Great post, Christina!


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I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: