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Vegan Bo Kho Beef Stew Baguette

Vegan Bo Kho – Vietnamese Beef Stew

  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 people 1x


Vegan Vietnamese Bò Kho (Beef Stew) is a comforting and satisfying stew, served with fresh herbs and a crispy baguette that will keep you coming back for more. The jackfruit makes a wonderful plant-based alternative to the beef, it has a tender, pull-apart texture that just melts in your mouth.


Units Scale
  • 2 cans young jackfruit
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil (or sub with water if you are oil-free)
  • 3 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 cubes bo kho seasoning (~ 2.5 tbsp)
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 stalks lemongrass
  • 2 large carrots
  • 45 cremini mushroom (or sub with portabello mushroom)
  • 200 ml coconut water
  • salt or mushroom seasoning (season to taste)
  • 1 tsp five-spice powder

Optional Toppings

  • 1 French baguette (or 23 Vietnamese baguette)
  • Coriander
  • Thai basil
  • Chili slices and lime wedges


  1. Drain and rinse 2 cans of jackfruit. Use a paper towel to absorb all the excess moisture.
  2. In a pan or pot, brown the jackfruit in the oil to soften and neutralize its sour taste, about 10 minutes. Add more water to deglaze the pan.
  3. Remove from heat, marinade the jackfruit in a bowl with dark soy sauce and 1 cube of Vietnamese bo kho seasoning (mixed with 2 tbsp water). Marinade for about 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the aromatics: mince the shallot, garlic and lemongrass. Wash and chop the vegetables into thick chunks: about 2 cm for the carrots and cut the mushroom into quarter.
  5. Back to the pot: add oil, stir fry the minced aromatics for about 5 minutes, then add the marinated jackfruit, vegetables. Mix well to combine.
  6. Add the coconut water and add enough boiling water to cover everything. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer, for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  7. Enjoy the jackfruit 'beef' stew with the optional baguette slices, cilantro, Thai basil, lime wedges and chili slices.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: vietnamese

Keywords: comfort food, soup, soy free, stew, vegan beef