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Chinese Braising Steak with Ginger

This is the 55th in our “100 Asian Recipe” gig. Yay we’ve broken the back of this little challenge. A lot of the recipes we’ve done have been ‘Street Food’ style and very quick. But this bit of Braising Steak for a little over £2 needed a more ‘Home Style’ slow cook method.


500g of Braising Steak, cut into large cubes
1 Onion, roughly chopped
20g of Ginger, sliced
2 Cloves of Garlic, sliced
A small bunch of Coriander, only the stalks., chopped
2 Tsp of Chinese Five Spice
6 Star Anise
1 Tsp of Black Peppercorns
50g of Brown Sugar
100ml Soy Sauce (Gluten free for us)
2 Tbsp Tomato Puree
500ml of Beef Stock
3 Tbsp of Oil


(1) Heat a little Oil in a large frying pan. Add the Beef and fry until browned.
(2) Remove from the pan and set aside.
(3) Add the Onion, Ginger, Garlic and Coriander stalks to a food processor and chop to a paste.
(4) Add the paste to the frying pan.
(5) Add a splash of water and fry until fragrant. Adding more water in the paste begins to stick.
(6) Stir in the Five Spice, Star Anise and whole Peppercorns.
(7) Cook over a low heat for five minutes then add the Sugar, Soy Sauce and Tomato Puree.
(8) Return the Beef and stir in the Stock.
(9) Add everything to an oven proof dish and cover.
(10) Place in a pre-heated oven at 160c and cook for 2 ½ hours until the Beef is tender.
(11) Remove the Beef and keep warm.
(12) Add the sauce back to the frying pan and boil until it has reduced and thickened.
(13) return the beef and stir well.

We served ours over boiled Rice garnished with fried Ginger battons and sliced Spring Onions.

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