Vietnamese Beef Pasta (Nui Xào Bò)
Ok, so bare with me on this one. I discovered this dish a while ago when I was looking for something quick and easy to make for the kids for lunch. It is an odd one … I mean pasta is European right? But with the right spices … this dish is actually a winner and I am proud to file it under my Vietnamese recipe collection.
I did a little digging and I found out that the French introduced pasta to the Vietnamese during the French colonization of Vietnam. Ever since then, the Vietnamese have been using pasta and other French produce in their cooking. The French inspired great foods such as Vietnamese coffee, banh mi (Vietnamese baguette), pate and flan (like crème caramel).
If you’re looking for something quick and easy to cook … I definitely think this is something the kids would love, this is the perfect dish!
Firstly, boil your pasta until it is al dente (or accordingly to packet instructions – whichever you prefer). Drain the water and then keep the pasta in cold water to stop it from cooking and sticking together.
In a large pan, fry the mince beef and cook until the meat has browned. Transfer the meat to a bowl and set aside for now.
In the same pan, fry the shallots and garlic until browned, then add the chopped tomatoes and the mushrooms and cook for a couple more minutes. Add some of the mushroom water to the pan then give it a little mix – put the lid on. Allow the tomatoes to cook for a few minutes until softened.
Add the minced beef to the pan and mix well.
Now add the rest of the ingredients: ketchup, sriracha, fish sauce, oyster sauce and season with a pinch of salt and white pepper.
Add the pasta to the pan and a knob of butter and let that melt through. Keep stirring until everything is evenly mixed.
Garnish with some coriander or spring onions and serve warm.
Check out the printable recipe below.
Nui Xào Bò – Vietnamese Beef Pasta
– 250g macaroni (or any pasta you like)
– 400g minced beef (you can use lamb or turkey mince)
– 3 tbsp tomato paste
– 3 shallots (finely chopped)
– 3 garlic cloves (minced)
– 3 tomatoes (quartered)
– 5 Chinese mushrooms (sliced)
– 1 tbsp Sriracha
– 1 tbsp fish sauce
– 2 tbsp oyster sauce
– 1 tbsp soy sauce
– a knob of butter
– salt and pepper to season
1. Boil your pasta until al dente or according to packet instructions. Once cooked, keep the pasta in cold water to stop it from cooking and sticking.
2. In a large pan, first fry the beef mince until browned. Transfer the meat to a bowl and set aside.
3. In the same pan fry the shallots and garlic until softened and browned. Add the tomatoes and mushrooms. Mix well then add a dash of the mushroom water to the pan, give it a mix then put the lid on. Allow the pan to cook for a few minutes to soften the tomatoes.
4. Next, add the minced beef to the pan, give it a mix and then add the rest of the ingredients: tomato paste, Sriracha, fish sauce, soy sauce and oyster sauce.
5. Drain the pasta in a colander then add this to the mince beef mixture. Season with salt and pepper and add a knob of butter.
6. Garnish with coriander or some sliced spring onions.
This is such a quick and simple dish to whip up when you are struggling with dinner ideas. My kids really enjoy this dish and I usually make a big batch which they happily take for a school packed lunch.
I hope you give this dish a try, let me know what you think. Don’t forget to share your dishes with me on Instagram @sugar.and.sponge or drop me a message below, I would love to hear from you.
Until next time.
~ The Cake Lady xx