Slow-Cooker Vietnamese Style Beef Pot Roast


Cold winter temps, scream out for warm and hearty comfort foods. Time to bring out the our favourite kitchen tool to help out – the slow cooker! This recipe for SLOW-COOKER VIETNAMESE STYLE BEEF POT ROAST is comfort food at its best.

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  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 10 mins
  • Yield: serves 4 1x


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 lb (2 kg) Beef Pot Roast (e.g. Cross Rib, Blade or Brisket)
  • 2 tbsp EACH minced fresh gingerroot and rice vinegar
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp red chili pepper flakes
  • ⅓ cup EACH soy sauce and Kecap Manis (or teriyaki sauce)
  • Asian Slaw (recipe follows)


  1. Pat pot roast dry. Coat beef on all sides with flour. Season beef generously all over with salt and pepper. Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add roast, brown well on all sides, about 10 minutes. Remove roast from pan. Transfer beef and any juices to slow cooker.
  2. Add gingerroot, rice vinegar, garlic, chili flakes, soy sauce, Kecap Manis and 1 cup water to Dutch oven. Cook, stirring to remove any brown bits from bottom of pan. Pour over beef in slow-cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours until roast is fork-tender. Remove roast to cutting board, tent with foil.
  3. Transfer sauce to saucepan and cook over high heat to thicken by reducing by half, about minutes. You should have about 1-1/2 cups of sauce. Carve roast across the grain and serve with sauce as a dip and along with the Asian Slaw (recipe follows).

ASIAN SLAW: In a large bowl, whisk together ¼ cup vegetable oil, 2 tbsp rice vinegar, 1 tbsp EACH sesame oil, liquid honey and Sriracha sauce. Add half a Napa cabbage, thinly sliced (about 6 cups), 1 pkg (10 oz/284 g) match-stick cut carrots (or 3 carrots, shredded), 4 green onions, thinly sliced and 6 radishes, halved and thinly sliced. Toss vegetables together with dressing. Season with ½ tsp EACH salt and freshly ground pepper; toss with ¼ cup EACH coarsely chopped salted roasted peanuts and minced cilantro and 1 tbsp poppy seeds.


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