Bo Luc Lac (Shaking Beef)


Shaking Beef is one of my favorite ways to cook beef. It’s fast, flavorful and when served with fresh watercress salad and tomatoes, it’s a complete meal for us at home. I loved it when my dad made it for us when we were young, so when I moved away with my husband I knew I had to learn how make this for us. I don’t want to hype this up too much but I will say one last thing, when I first made this dish for my sisters they both asked me for the recipe and now they make it at home too 🙂

There are many variations of this recipe, some with oyster sauce, some with dark soy sauce, some using bell peppers, onions, etc… but my favorite recipe is simple and uses only fish sauce and soy sauce. I actually adapted the recipe from Nancy Mcdermott’s Everyday Vietnamese Bo Luc Lac recipe. Her recipe is the closest to how my parents make it, but with her I actually had measurements to work off versus my parents’ very vague directions =P. I hope you enjoy my adaptation.

Bò Lúc Lằc, Shaking Beef (Adapted from Everyday Vietnamese by Nancy Mcdermott)
1.5-2 lb beef, cubed preferrably ribeye but I used a good quality flap cut from Costco
1.5 tbs fish sauce
2.5 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
black pepper
1 tbs minced garlic

For the Salad
4 cups watercress
1/2 cup thinly slice red onion
2 tomatoes, sliced
2.5 tbs vinegar
1.5 tbs vegetable oil
1.5 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt and black pepper
1. Cut steak into bit size cubes about 1-1.5 inch thick
2. Add fish sauce, soy sauce, sugar, pepper, and garlic
3. Marinate 30 minutes
4. Wash and dry watercress
5. Combine vinegar, oil, salt, sugar, black pepper
6. Add sliced onions to the vinegar dressing
7. In target skillet or wok heat oil on med high heat till oil become smoky
8. Add beef and let sear for 2-3 minutes (Work in batches if necessary to achieve a nice sear on the beef)
9. Continue on all sides of beef (even if you don’t get a sear and the meat releases some liquid that’s ok…the liquid provides a nice sauce for the final dish and it’s still very tasty!)
10. Remove from heat
11. Toss watercress with dressing and arrange on plate.
12. Add tomatoes slices
13. Top beef on top on top of salad
13. Enjoy with white rice


So I’m trying something new and made a cooking video! I had a lot of fun making it and I hope to make more in the future 🙂

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