Aromatic spices and deep beef flavor build the base of this comforting, nourishing stew.

How to Prepare

Fill your belly and your soul with a bowl of Vietnamese beef stew. Using Essence of Lotus Beef Stew soup base, it’s easier than ever to serve a bowl of layered, traditional flavors and slow-cooked beef. For maximum nap-ready fullness, finish the bowl off with steamy jasmine rice or a fresh baguette.

When shopping for ingredients, your local Asian market should have everything listed below. If you don’t have access to a quality market, you can still prepare the recipe using alternative ingredients from your local grocery store; for example, substituting standard sweet basil for Thai basil will work just fine.

For Two Medium Bowls


  • Essence of Lotus Beef Stew soup base — 1 packet
  • Beef Brisket — 16oz, cubed
  • Stew beef from your butcher is a great substitute if brisket isn’t available
  • Carrot, Large — 2, peeled and diced
  • Thai Basil — to taste
  • Ketchup — 1 cup

To Prepare:

Cube and chop brisket and carrots. Set aside.

In a medium-sized saucepan or pot, add brisket and carrots. Add 2 tablespoons of Essence of Lotus Beef Stew soup base per half pound of beef. Pour in about 4 cups of water to cover beef and carrots, stir until soup base is mixed in.

Bring to a boil, reduce down to a simmer. Stir again and cover for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on your beef. When the beef is tender to the touch and carrots are cooked through, add 1 cup of ketchup to thicken. Replace lid and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.

The consistency of the stew should be thick, but liquid. Add more water or mix to adjust consistency and flavor to taste. Serve the stew in a bowl and top with basil.

Enjoy with a bowl of jasmine rice or a fresh baguette.

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With Essence of Lotus instant dry mix, all you need to do is to add water!

Quality and freshness can be preserved up to 12 months if unopened packets are stored at room temperature.

Each packet makes about 4 – 5 bowls of broth.

Can be purchased by individual packet, in 6 or 24-packet cases.

Essence of Lotus products are manufactured in Washington state in a SQF 2000 level 2* facility.

SQF stands for safe quality food and SQF 2000 level 2 is a globally accepted food safety standard. Facilities with SQF 2000 level 2 certification are inspected annually by numerous agencies including the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and WSDA (Washington State Department of Agriculture).