A Food Lover's Travel Guide to the Best of Vietnamese Food

Bo Kho

Vietnamese Beef Stew

Vietnam's comfort meal. A warm bowl is like a flavorful hug. Beef is slowly cooked in an intense broth with cinnamon, lemongrass, star anise, ginger, and more. I've always seen it with carrots, but the starch changes depending on your source. I prefer banh mi (bread) to soak up all the broth, but steamed rice or noodles are also popular. You might see it called hu tieu bo kho if it's served with noodles, or bo kho banh mi if served with bread. Some vendors with have multiple options, so if you see bread and want it, just ask for banh mi with your best butchered pronunciation.

Bo Kho or Vietnamese Beef Stew