So on Friday night, my hubby and I were craving 7 course of beef and in particular the bo la lot. But the restaurant we frequent in SD called Phuong Trang was closed for remodeling. So we went to a different restaurant called Anh Hong and it was terrible! Almost not edible and no flavor! So I made it my mission to learn how to make this dish. Today, I searched everywhere for wild betel leave but could not find it. So Bo La Nho (beef wrapped in grape leaves) is what I made. Lucky for me, I grow leaves in my back yard so the leaves were easy to pick and cheaper than buying wild betel leaves on the internet.
Here is the recipe I used (mix together):
1-1.5 pounds ground beef(80/20 or 70/30)
1/2 pound of ground pork (optional)
1 teaspoon of five spice seasoning
3 tablespoon finely minced lemon grass
3 cloves finely minced garlic
1 tablespoon fish sauce
2 tablespoon sugar
1/8 cup of chopped roasted peanuts
2 chopped green onions - use the white parts and save the green for topping.
3 tablespoon freshly chopped cilantro leaves
3 shallots chopped (can be substituted with a 1/2 brown onion)
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon chicken flavor seasoning
25 grape leaves for wrapping
Wrap them up
I pan fried 1/2 of the bo la nho and grilled the other half. The results are they taste the same so going forward we will grill! It's a much better alternative!
Toppings: sautéed green onions with vegetable oil, add pinch of salt and sugar. Then chop up roasted peanuts and put them on top.
For the sauce (mam nem) - blend together in a blender: 1/4 bottle mam nem, 1/2 fresh pineapple, juice of 2 lime, 3 tablespoon sugar, 2 garlic cloves, 3 fresh thai chili.
Serve with fresh lettuce, fresh herbs, cucumber, slice of pineapple, vermicelli noodles and rolled in rice paper.