Restaurant Style Vietnamese Shaking Beef Recipe

Restaurant Style Vietnamese Shaking Beef Recipe
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Greeting fellow foodies!

Today is Mother’s Day and I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a joyful and memorable time with family.

As a mother and a food enthusiast, nothing makes me happier than to be able to cook for my loved ones and seeing them enjoy the food that I make.

What about you? Do you have any plan for this special day?

As for myself, I want to share with you the recipe that I’ll be cooking for my family. This used to be the top selling dish at my restaurant and it is also one of my husband’s favorites. It is a wonderfully juicy and flavorful beef dish, the Vietnamese Shaking Beef.

I will share all the secrets with you so that you can make the meat tender and juicy without being overly dry or soggy.

This is a perfect fit for Mother’s Day, but really it’s a great dish for any occasion.

So guys, if you want to pamper and impress your wife or mother, you’ll need to roll up your sleeves and get in the kitchen!

Let’s go!

You can also watch the video tutorial on the Restaurant Style Vietnamese Shaking Beef:



Ingredients - Vietnamese Shaking Beef

  • 5 lbs (2.3 kg) Filet Mignon
  • 2 tsp (4 g) Black Pepper
  • 3 Garlic Cloves (crushed)
  • 1 Onion (diced)
  • 8 Green Onions (chopped)
  • 2 Bell Peppers ( diced)
  • 1.5 tbsp (22 ml) Cooking Oil

     Marinating Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) Oyster Sauce
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) Dark Soy Sauce 
  • 1/3 cup (68 g) Sugar
  • 1 tsp (2 g) Black Pepper

Where to Buy?


You can find most of these ingredients in any grocery stores. However, for the Oyster Sauce, Soy Sauce, and Dark Soy Sauce, you'll need to go to an Asian supermarket. If there's not one nearby, you can also purchase them using the following affiliate links:


This is the skillet that I used to make the delicious shaking beef. If you would like to purchase one use the following affiliate links:

Cast Iron Skillet
10.25 inches (26 cm)
12.5 inches (32 cm)


Marinating Sauce (Can be kept for 1 month if refrigerated)

1. In a large microwavable bowl, add all the ingredients (listed above). Mix.

2. Place the bowl in a microwave and heat for 1 minute.

3. Take out of the microwave and mix well.

Shaking Beef - Sauce

Meat Prep

1. Remove all the fatty parts from the filet mignon.

2. Ensure the fats have been thoroughly removed from front and back.
     TIP: You can save these fatty meats to make beef broth. Don’t throw them away!

3. Cut the meat into cubes.

Shaking Beef Remove Fat 1
Shaking Beef Remove Fat 2

4. In a large bowl, add the meat, 4.5 tbsp (66 ml) marinating sauce, 2 tsp of black pepper, 3 garlic cloves, 1.5 tbsp (22 ml) of cooking oil. Mix well.

5. Wrap the bowl up with plastic wrap and let the meat marinate for at least 1 hour, if you’re in a hurry, but it’s best to let it sit overnight. 

Shaking Beef - wrapping in bowl

6. After the meat has been marinated, we can now prepare the veggies before cooking. Chop the green onions and diced both the bell peppers and white onion.

Shaking Beef - dicing bell pepper
Shaking Beef - veggie prerp done

7. In a medium size pan, add oil and let it heat up to 375 F (190 C).

8. Deep fry the meat for about 25 – 30 seconds and remove. The outside will look brownish, but the inside should be medium.

Shaking Beef fry

TIP: For the following steps, we only add a small amount of the ingredients at a time. Just enough to make one portion. If you add too much, it’ll make it soggy.

9. In a cast iron skillet (you can use a pan, but it won’t taste as good), sauteed the onion until slightly brown.

10. Add bell peppers and stir until slightly brown.

11. Now, add the meat, a hint of green onions, and 1.5 tbsp (22 ml) of the marinating sauce. Stir quickly for about 10 – 15 seconds.

12. Add a piece of unsalted butter and turn off the heat. Continue stirring until the butter melt.

Shaking Beef sauteed onions and bell peppers
Shaking Beef stir frying and adding sauce and meat
Shaking Beef stir frying and adding butter
Shaking Beef plated dish

Tada! and here’s the plated dish! It looks amazing right? 

This dish is served with rice. Typically, we also use a mixture of salt, pepper, and lime juice for dipping as well.

I hope you had a fun and enjoyable experience cooking this dish. I promise that you’ll love this dish if you follow my exact steps.

Once again, happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

Please let me know if you have any question or feedback. Always keep that cooking passion strong!

If you enjoyed this recipe, please check out my other recipes here:

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3 thoughts on “Restaurant Style Vietnamese Shaking Beef Recipe”

  • Thank you Chi!
    Great recipe ! So simple and detailed instructions. Just made this yesterday and enjoyed it so much! I have tried other recipes, but yours tasted so much better.

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