Beef Simmered in Soy Sauce and Spices

Beef Simmered in Soy Sauce and Spices


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Beef chuck is wonderful and tender after slow stewing in aromatic herbs and soy sauce. Serve with freshly cooked rice, if desired.


Serves: 5 

  • 1.5kg beef chuck or skirt steak, sliced into palm-sized pieces
  • water as needed to cover
  • 3 cups (750ml) water
  • 1 tablespoon chilli flakes
  • 4 slices ginger
  • 1 spring onion, cut into thirds
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 20 Szechuan peppercorns
  • 5 cloves
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 5 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 5 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cooking wine

Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:1hour15min  ›  Ready in:1hour35min 

  1. Put the beef into a pot and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil over high heat. Cook the beef until medium-well, remove, cool and discard the water.
  2. Pour 3 cups (750ml) water into a clean pot. Add the dried chillies, ginger, spring onion, star anise, cinnamon, bay leaves, Szechuan peppercorns, cloves and cardamom pods. Boil for 5 minutes over high heat.
  3. Add the beef, dark soy sauce, light soy sauce and cooking wine; bring to the boil. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 40 minutes.
  4. Remove the beef from the pot and cool. Once cool, transfer the beef back into the pot and bring back to the boil. Cook for 15 minutes, turn off the heat and let the beef cool in the pot. Serve.

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