To Americans, Vietnamese cuisine seems exotic and made up of hard to find ingredients, when in fact it’s made up of local, seasonal, and common foods. The distinction found in this fare actually comes in the form of balance, where no one flavor dominates.
Bo kho may not be as well-known as pho, but it should be. This Vietnamese beef stew has a delightful depth of flavor with a delicate blend of lemongrass, star anise, cinnamon, and clove. It’s the perfect winter dish to warm you up this season.
You’ve probably never heard the term “qi” (pronounced “chee”) before unless you’ve tried acupuncture or have seen a doctor who practices Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In Chinese philosophy, qi is a vital energy force that guides someone’s mental and physical processes and can be balanced with food, sleep, and exercise.