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Beef with Star Anise and Ginger Recipe

Beef with Star Anise and Ginger Recipe

Beef with Star Anise and Ginger Recipe

Beef is one of the most popular items on northern Chinese menus. Stewing is a favorite method to prepare beef. This recipe is especially tasty and easy to prepare and it may be cooked in advance.

Ingredients :

    • 750 g (11/2 lbs) beef loin, brisket or shank
    • 81/2 cups (2 liters) water
    • 3 star anise pods
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 3/4 cup (185 ml) soy sauce
    • 3/4 cup (185 ml) rice wine or sherry
    • 3 tablespoons oil
    • 4 spring onions, cut into 3-cm (11/4-in) sections
    • 6 slices ginger, smashed with handle of knife
    • 11/2 teaspoons cornflour dissolved in 3 tablespoons water

Method :

    1. Cut the beef into 3-cm (11/4-in) cubes. Bring the water to a boil in a large pot, blanch the beef cubes for 2 minutes. Remove the beef with a slotted spoon and set aside to drain in a colander. Reserve the cooking water.
    2. Skim away all fat and foam from the water in which the beef was blanched. Add the star anise, sugar, soy sauce and wine, and return to a boil. Lower the heat and let the stock simmer.
    3. Heat the oil in a wok until smoking, add the beef cubes, spring onions and ginger. Stir-fry for 3 minutes. Transfer the contents to the simmering stock, cover with a lid and simmer over low heat for 2 hours or until the beef is very tender and the stock is reduced.
    4. Add the cornflour mixture to the pot, stir and simmer for another 2 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Transfer the beef together with the sauce to a large shallow bowl and serve.

You may also prepare this dish with lamb loin or shanks. Chopped coriander leaves may be served on the side as a garnish for individual servings. For a pungent flavor, add one whole red finger-length chili, cut in half lengthwise, to the stew pot.

Serves 4–6
Preparation time : 15 mins
Cooking time : 2 hours