• It’s got tenderness, crunch, and a whole lot of delicious flavour. Vietnamese fillet of beef served with toasted sesame seeds is a winning dish. Known as bit tet xao me in Vietnam, this is delicious with stir-fried rice.

    To drink: Pair this with the opulent red and black berry notes and soft, well-integrated tannins of Thelema Mountain Vineyard’s Merlot 2005 – a strong match for the beef. 

    Vietnamese fillet of beef served with toasted sesame seeds

    Serves: 4-6
    Cooking Time: 50 mins + extra for marinating



    • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • 30ml (2 tbsp) soy sauce
    • 20ml (4 tsp) fish sauce
    • 20ml (4 tsp) sesame oil
    • 20ml (4 tsp) sugar
    • 10ml (2 tsp) pepper, freshly ground
    • 2 red chillies, seeded and finely chopped
    • 500g beef fillet, thinly sliced
    • 20ml (4 tsp) oil
    • 30ml (2 tbsp) sesame seeds, toasted
    • chives, to garnish
    • stir-fried or steamed rice, to serve



    Combine all the ingredients well and stir in the fillet. Leave to marinate for 40 minutes or overnight in the fridge.


    Heat the oil in a wok until hot and add the beef in batches. Stir-fry very quickly for about 1 minute.


    Put the fillet on a serving plate, sprinkle with the sesame seeds and top with the chives. Serve with stir-fried or steamed rice while still hot.