Vietnamese Beef Rice Soup and Ginger (Chao Bo Recipe)

  • Preparation: 25 mins
  • Cooking: 15 mins
  • Skill level: Easy
  • Servings: 4

Description Vietnamese Beef Rice Soup and Ginger Recipe (Cháo Bò)

Vietnamese Beef Rice Soup and Ginger (Chao Bo) is the closing dish for the popular Vietnamese seven-course beef feast, where its primary role is to settle the stomach after six indulgent courses. At that point, I find it hard to enjoy the soup because I’m usually stuffed. But I regularly make this soup for lunch. It is a good way to get sustenance without feeling weighed down.


  • 1½ tablespoons peeled and finely shredded fresh ginger
  • ¼ pound hand-minced beef steak or ground beef, preferably chuck
  • Salt
  • 8 cups Basic Rice Soup
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Vietnamese coriander or cilantro leaves
  • 1 scallion, green tops only, thinly sliced
  • Black pepper

Method Vietnamese Beef Rice Soup and Ginger Recipe (Cháo Bò)

1, Divide the ginger among the soup bowls or put it in a large serving bowl. Similarly, add the beef, scattering it in small pieces. Don’t mound it or it will cook unevenly. Sprinkle a pinch of salt on top and set the bowl(s) aside.
2, In a saucepan, bring the rice soup almost to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently to prevent scorching. Ladle it over the beef. Garnish with the Vietnamese coriander, scallion, and pepper and serve immediately. Before eating, stir the beef from the bottom to ensure that it cooks in the hot soup and the flavors are well mixed.

Chef's Note

For extra richness, crack an egg into each bowl as you are dividing up the ginger and beef. Break the membrane of the yolk with the tip of a knife to facilitate cooking once the soup is added.

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When Vietnamese Beef Rice Soup and Ginger Recipe (Cháo Bò) calls for a small quantity of ground meat, try mincing it by hand for better flavor and texture. It doesn’t take much time and you get to select the cut of meat. First, trim away any gristly bits, such as tendon. Then, using a sharp, heavy cleaver or a chef’s knife, cut the meat into pea-sized pieces and mound them in a pile. Using a rocking motion, move the blade from one side of the pile to the other. Pause occasionally and lift the meat with the blade and fold it over on itself to keep it in a moderately compact mass. For a minced texture, chop until you have a rough pastelike consistency that is not as fine as typical ground meat. For a hand-chopped texture, the goal is a coarser finish, like a chili grind.
If you’re ambitious and want to hand chop a large quantity of meat, use two knives of the same size and weight, working them as if you are drumming. Or, pulse the cut pieces of meat in a food processor or electric mini-chopper. The resulting texture isn’t as uniform as doing it by hand but the convenience is greater.

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