Vietnamese Grilled Beef in Wild Betel Leaf Recipe (Bò Nướng Lá Lốt) » Indonesia Eats

HomeRecipesAsian RecipesVietnamese Grilled Beef in Wild Betel Leaf Recipe (Bò Nướng Lá Lốt)September 5, 2010476ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsAppLinkedinReddItEmailPrintTelegramMixLINEVietnamese Grilled Beef in Wild Betel LeafSummer is almost over, but we still do grilling or barbecuing, don’t we? After choosing several different Vietnamese recipes from Vietnamese bloggers that I trust for its authenticity, I decided to go for Bò Nướng Lá Lốt ( = Beef, Nướng = Grill, Lá Lốt = Wild Betel Leaf). Other names for Lá Lốt are:
– Botanical Names: Piper sarmentosum/ Charvica Sarmentosa/Piper difusum
– English: Wild Betel Leaf
– Indonesian: Daun Sirih Dudu/Tanah, Daun Cabean, Daun Karuk, Daun Karok, Amelaunune, Gafutofure, or Kado-kado
– Malaysian and Singaporean: Daun Kaduk or Daun Kadok

The leaves contain high in antioxidant and can be used as a herbal medicine for asthma and cough. If you live in Winnipeg and wonder where you can get it, there are two Asian stores that sell it, Lucky (on Winnipeg ave.) and Dong Thai (on Notre Dame ave.)

Don’t get confused with Lá Trâu (Piper betle L.)! Lá Trâu is known as betel leaf in English and a popular leaf for chewing in traditional South East Asian culture. In Indonesia, betel leaf (daun sirih) has been approved as traditional feminine hygiene.

Back to my Vietnamese dish here, I compared three different recipes from Wandering Chopsticks, Viet World Kitchen and Ravenous Couple. Thank you folks for the recipes!

I made two different seasonings, one was with Chinese five spices and another one was with curry powder. Sun brand curry powder is Andrea’s recommendation for this. However, I used the Jamaican curry powder instead. At least, I am still on the track of curry. I didn’t try to say that pho is Thai soup and substituted banh pho for angel hair pasta as Rachel Ray did. Speaking about that, my husband threw his sarcastic comment, “if it’s not Chinese or Japanese then it’s got to be Thai.” If you don’t know what I’m talking about, please read on Andrea’s post of “How funky is Rachel Ray’s Phunky Pho?”

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This recipe goes for Delicious Vietnamese #5, hosted by Anh Nguyen of A Food Lover’s Journey.

Bò Nướng Lá Lốt
– Vietnamese Grilled Beef in Wild Betel Leaf –
Makes 25 to 30 rolls

1 lb ground beef (divide into two for two different seasonings), chuck preferred

Seasoning option #1:
2 tbsp minced green onions, green and white part
1 tsp Chinese five spices (ngo hiang)
1 tsp fish sauce
1 tsp soy sauce
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Seasoning option #2:
2 tbsp minced green onions, green and white part
1/2 tbsp curry powder
1 tablespoons finely minced lemongrass (At Asian stores, you can find minced frozen lemongrass ready to use)
1 tsp fish sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper

La Lot and Seasoned Beef Wrapped in La LotMethods:
1. You will need two bowl and fingers to mix. In bowl #1, combine beef with green onions, Chinese five spices, fish sauce, soy sauce, pepper and salt; mix well and set aside in fridge. In bowl #2, combine fish, green onions, curry powder, lemongrass, fish sauce salt and black pepper; mix well and set aside in the fridge while you are preparing the leaves.

2. Use scissors or tootpicks to detach the leaves from their center stems. Make sure to keep the leaf stem attached to the leaf. You’ll need it later for creating the rolls.

3. To make the rolls, put a leaf on your work surface, matted side up and glossy side facing down. Take a bit of meat (about 1 tbsp) and use your hand to shape it into a small sausage of sorts.

4. Roll up the meat in the leaf, make sure that the length of the meat doesn’t exceed the width of the leaf and use the little stem to seal it up. The roll will keep its shape. Place the finished roll on a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining leaves until all the beef is used. To view how to roll this little sausage, Andrea has given step by step pictures on her blog.

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5. Grill them until done. There are multiple options to grill them; over small charcoal ovens, grill by using skewers or a grilling basket or broil in the oven for about 6-8 minutes, turning a few times to prevent the leaves from burning.

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  1. TasteHongKong September 6, 2010 At 1:02 AMYou have made the rolls look very nice. Using the little stem to skew each up is a clever idea : ).Reply
  2. Indonesia Eats September 6, 2010 At 2:09 AMThank you. The idea was from Andrea Nguyen. I was just a follower here.Reply
  3. maameemoomoo September 6, 2010 At 2:24 AMVery lovely looking, pepy.. I've not tried betel leaf before.. at all!!Reply
  4. noobcook September 6, 2010 At 5:39 AMYou make the most beautiful food Pepy 🙂Reply
  5. Torviewtoronto September 6, 2010 At 8:22 AMthis looks delicious never had thisReply
  6. Little Corner of Mine September 6, 2010 At 11:41 AMYou made it so pretty! Too pretty to eat!Reply
  7. Jason's BBQ Adventures September 6, 2010 At 2:33 PMI love Vietnamese flavors. These look absolutely delicious.Reply
  8. tigerfish September 6, 2010 At 3:09 PMYou mean there are two types of betel leaf?Reply
  9. Indonesia Eats September 6, 2010 At 3:13 PM@maameemoomoo: I believe you can find daun kaduk there.@Noobcook and LCOM: thanks!@Torviewtoronto: I'm not sure you are able to find the leaves. You should ask at the Asian stores esp the Vietnamese@Jason: have you tried this before?@Tigerfish: yes! Actually, there are 3 or 4 more different betel leaves.Reply
  10. Stella September 6, 2010 At 6:54 PMHi Pepy! This beef in Wild Betel leaf looks wonderful. Mostly b/c of your awesome photos (smile), but I must admit it sounds really good too. I'm going to 'Google' that leaf right now…Reply
  11. penny aka jeroxie September 6, 2010 At 7:31 PMBeautifully made. Your photos are amazing as well.Reply
  12. 5 Star Foodie September 6, 2010 At 7:36 PMThese are such delicious looking rolls and they look just gorgeous!Reply
  13. zenchef September 6, 2010 At 9:09 PMOh my Gosh.. this is stunning, pepy! Really well done. At what time is dinner again? 🙂Reply
  14. Carolyn Jung September 6, 2010 At 9:10 PMA beauty of a dish. The vivid green of the betel leaves just makes you want to dive into this.Reply
  15. Angie's Recipes September 6, 2010 At 9:50 PMSummer is long over here 🙁 We were considering to turn the heater on the other day…bloody chilly. I never had anything like this…they look mouthwatering.Reply
  16. [email protected]'s Recipes September 6, 2010 At 10:50 PMThe rolls are very eye-catching and beautiful. You're very skillful.Reply
  17. Rosa's Yummy Yums September 7, 2010 At 6:17 AMOMG, that is one of my favorite Vietnamese dishes! I miss it so much… *drool*Cheers,RosaReply
  18. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets September 7, 2010 At 6:31 AMLooks lovely, Pepy! The vibrant green of the betel leaf is beautiful.Reply
  19. foodthinking September 7, 2010 At 10:25 AMI want to try this so much that I am trying to find out where to buy betel leaf in NYC, it must be around since several restaurants use it here. You pictures just make everything so delicious for the eyes.Reply
  20. mycookinghut September 10, 2010 At 11:31 AMLooks very very appetising!!!Reply
  21. deb September 14, 2010 At 1:50 AMThe rolls look really good. I've never eaten them. I've seen them on the menu of a couple of places, so am keen to try them and then maybe have a go at making them.Reply
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