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Vietnamese Inspired Beef Stew

Vietnamese Inspired Beef Stew is one of my favorite stews.  It combines fragrant spices such as ginger, lemon grass, star anise, cinnamon with a hearty beef stew.   Its history is a difficult one to trace - it has French and Chinese as well as Vietnamese influences.  In Vietnam, it is enjoyed all day long, for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It can be enjoyed by itself, with bread, noodles or rice.  To add heat, I add Sichuan Hot Chili Oil to it as a condiment- I find the Sichuan peppercorns accentuate the flavors of this stew. This soup goes well with basil on top.  It is quickly becoming a pressure cooker favorite dinner in my house after a day of hiking.