Vietnamese steak and eggs

Steak and eggs cooked together in a skillet is popular dish in Vietnam. The Vietnamese call the dish bo ne which means shaken beef, which refers to the shaking of the meat as it cooks in the pan.

Vietnamese steak and eggs in Saigon
Vietnamese steak and eggs in Saigon

Steak and eggs is cooked in a variety of different ways in Vietnam. The style I am going to described to you in this article is what I was served in a small roadside restaurant near Saigon Railway Station.

About Bo Ne 3 Ngon


The restaurants that serve steak and eggs in Vietnam are often referred to Bo Ne 3 Ngon restaurants, which literally translated means shaken beef 3 delicious. There were different options on the menu increasing in price depending on how many components the dish I had. I ordered the most expensive option.

Eggs, sausage and pate in a skillet
Eggs, sausage and pate in a skillet

The meal arrived in two parts. The first part was a metal skillet which contained three eggs cooked sunny side up, four different kinds of Vietnamese sausage, a lump of pate, a wedge of cheese that tasted like brie and a tinned pilchard in tomato sauce. I discarded the pilchard. The metal skillet was accompanied by a crusty French style bread baton and some lettuce leaves.

Beef cooked separately over spirits
Beef cooked separately over spirits

The second part of the meal, which arrived a couple of minutes later, was a pottery dish with very tender marinaded beef and onions inside. Underneath the dish was another plate with flaming spirits. As instructed by the waitress, I stirred the beef around in the dish until flame went out, which cooked the beef perfectly.

Bo ne 3 ngon is cheap in Vietnam
Bo ne 3 ngon is cheap in Vietnam

This massive and very tasted meal cost very little. The dish I have described is the one costing 45,000 VND listed at the bottom of the menu pictured above. 45,000 VND is a little under $2 USD.  The total bill with the 2 tiger beers I drank was 60,000 VND ($2.60 USD). Great food. Great price.

The chef taking a break
The chef taking a break

For authentic Vietnamese food like I ate you really need to be a bit adventurous and head out to roadside restaurants with plastic chairs and menus in a language you can’t understand. Try your luck and you may end with ‘culinary gold’ like my bo ne 3 ngon.

Next read about Rice fried with shrimp paste

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