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Prep 10 mins
Cook 2 hrs 30 mins
Great for casual entertaining, when you fancy a warming beef stew but with some more vibrant flavours. Can be frozen for up to 1 month.
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon fresh gingerroot, peeled and shredded
- 6 scallions, sliced
- 1 red chili pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced (use more if you lite it spicy)
- 3 lbs stewing beef, cut into large pieces
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, well seasoned with salt and pepper
- salt and pepper
- 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder
- 2 star anise (optional)
- 2 teaspoons light brown sugar (or use whatever you've got)
- 3 tablespoons Chinese wine or 3 tablespoons dry sherry
- 3 tablespoons dark soy sauce, plus more to serve
- 2 cups beef broth
- Heat 2 tbsp of the oil in a large, shallow casserole.
- Fry the garlic, ginger, scallions and chili for 3 mins until soft and fragrant. Tip onto a plate. Toss the beef in the flour, add 1 tbsp more oil to the pan, then brown the meat in batches, adding more oil if you need to. It should take about 5 mins to brown each batch properly.
- Add the five-spice and star anise (if using) to the pan, tip in the gingery mix, then fry for 1 min until the spices are fragrant.
- Add the sugar, then the beef and stir until combined. Keep the heat high, then splash in the wine or sherry, scraping up any meaty bits. Heat oven to 300°F
- Pour in the soy and broth (it won't cover the meat completely), bring to a simmer, then tightly cover, transfer to the oven and cook for 1½-2 hrs, stirring the meat halfway through.
- The meat should be very soft, and any sinewy bits should have melted away. Season with more soy.
- This can now be chilled and frozen for up to 1 month.
- Serve with steamed bok choy and white rice.
Soooo good! This is a dish we always ordered when craving authentic Chinese food. Now, I can make it at home. I add the recommended 2 star anise to get the full, rich flavor this dish is meant to have. (discard before serving) I also use dried chili pepper if I don't have fresh on hand. Excellent over rice.