The key ingredients to this beef stew are the cuts of beef, vegetables and aromatics.
There are plenty of premade seasoning blends for Bo Kho, but they all fall short in comparison to this homemade blend. These spices are readily easy to find at your local Asian grocery store.
Parboil briefly with the aromatics before cutting into large chunks.
Toss the beef chunks with all the seasonings to marinate for 4 hours or preferrably overnight.
Toast the star anise and cinnamon stick on low heat until fragrant.
Add the beef to the sauteed aromatics to cook, before adding coconut water, other aromatics, and water to simmer.
Caramelize the chopped carrots, shallots, and spices.
Remove the aromatics from the stew, before seasoning and adding carrots.
Thicken the Vietnamese beef stew with a corn starch slurry.
Serve with a baguette, fresh herbs, and sliced limes.