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Weekend Recipe: Slow-braised Beef in Young Coconut Water:

Enjoy this slow-cooked meal from Luke Nguyen of Sydney’s Red Lantern Vietnamese restaurant.
By Motherpedia
Date: April 12 2015
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If you’re feeling like winter is upon us a little faster than you might wish, this recipe from Luke Nguyen of Red Lantern Vietnamese restaurant in Sydney is perfect. It’s slow-cooked, healthy and full of flavour.

It’s also one of many wonderful recipes you’ll find in one of Luke’s four best-selling and award-winning cookbooks that you can purchase via Red Lantern is considered one of Sydney’s best Vietnamese restaurants, thanks to its amazing food, sustainable raw produce and an eco-friendly kitchen.

Serves 4-6 as a shared meal.


4 tablespoons light soy sauce

1 tablespoon shaoxing rice wine

3 tablespoons annatto oil

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 kg beef chuck or oyster blade, cut into 4cm dice

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

50 g butter

2 red Asian shallots, chopped

3 garlic cloves, chopped

500 ml chicken stock

250 ml young coconut water

250 ml pineapple juice

200 g carrots, peeled and cut into 2 cm dice

200 g potato, peeled and cut into 2 cm dice

100 g red Asian shallots, peeled and left whole

100 g skinned and podded broad beans (about 300 g in their pods)

1 tablespoon fish sauce

1 teaspoon sugar

2 long red chillies, julienned

Steamed jasmine rice, to serve


1.  Combine the soy sauce, rice wine, annatto oil, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl. Add the beef and toss to coat in the marinade, then cover and set aside at room temperature for 20 minutes. Drain the beef from the marinade.

2.  In a large saucepan, heat the oil and butter over medium heat. When the butter begins to bubble, turn the heat to high, then add the beef and seal on all sides until browned. Add the chopped shallots and garlic and stir together with the beef for 2 minutes.

3.  Pour in the chicken stock, coconut water and pineapple juice, covering all of the beef. If necessary, add a little more of each to ensure the beef is covered in the liquid. Bring to the boil, skimming off any impurities, then reduce the heat to low and cook for 1 hour, or until nearly tender.

4.  Add the carrot, potato, whole shallots and broad beans and cook for a further 15-20 minutes, or until the meat is very tender and the vegetables are cooked through. Add the fish sauce and sugar and cook for a further 5 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with the chilli. Serve with steamed jasmine rice.

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