Bo Luc Lac (Shaking Beef)

2010 September 26
by linda

This is one of great recipe that I found at Rasa Malaysia. This one is definitely a keeper. All the component in the dish, the salad, the vinaigrette, the pickle, the medium rare beef, really complete and support each other. You have to try it to understand what I meant.

My husband loves and rages about this “Shaking Beef”, especially the pickle Spanish onion. Just remember to brush your teeth and keep a mouthwash handy at hand, because the onion smell really sticks to your mouth.


Recipe adapted from Rasa Malaysia: Bo Luc Lac (Shaking Beef), for details click here

  • 750 gr beef round steak, pounded with mallet on both sides
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic, to marinate
  • 2 tbsp sugar, to marinate
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce, to marinate
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce, to marinate
  • 1/2 tbsp black sesame oil, to marinate
  • 1 tsp mushroom soy sauce, to marinate
  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar, for vinaigrette
  • 2 tbsp sugar, for vinaigrette
  • 1/2 tbsp salt, for vinaigrette
  • 1 spanish onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • Rockets
  • oil for stir frying


  1. Marinate beef with garlic,sugar,  oyster sauce, fish sauce, black sesame oil, and soy sauce for 1 hours.
  2. In another bowl, prepare rice wine vinegar, sugar and salt for vinaigrette.
  3. In another bowl, pour about 3-4 tbsp of the vinaigrette to pickle thinly sliced Spanish onion. Cover and set aside in the fridge to be ready before serving.
  4. Prepare bed of rockets and slice tomatoes in the serving platter and set aside.
  5. Heat oil in a pan over high heat. Add beef and sear to medium rare. Do this in batches if necessary. I did them all as one using a big non stick pan.
  6. Transfer beef to the serving platter. Drizzle 4 tbsp of vinaigrette and pickled onion on top.

Culinary tradition: Vietnamese

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