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Chinese Braised Beef

This Chinese braised beef is a typical Chinese homemade dish, so easy and delicious. It is one of my mum’s signature dishes that never fails to please family and friends. I can’t wait to share it with you!

Chinese braised beef shank
Chinese Braised Beef
Chinese braised beef shank
Chinese soy braised beef shank

Beef shank is a very affordable cut of meat. Once slow-cooked, it will turn into gelatinous meat that not only melts in your mouth but also thickens the sauce in which it is cooked.

Chinese style braised beef shank
Chinese braised beef shank

This simple recipe only requires a handful of ingredients, many of which you might have on hand. The rice wine and sugar help to balance out the saltiness of the soy sauce, while the zingy ginger and the earthy aroma of star anise will naturally intensify the flavor of the beef.

star anises
Star Anises

Ingredients for Chinese Braised Beef shank

  • Star Anises: Star anises is a strong spice. I hesitated to use more than a small amount. But I found that mum has been using 6-8 of them and that is what makes her version so tasty. You can start with 2 to 3 and then increase your comfort level as time goes on.
  • Beef: Beef shank is the best cut for this recipe. There are lots of collagen in meat, which makes it tender and flavourful after being slow-cooked. It is also a very cheap cut. You can use other cuts of beef as long as they are not too lean.
  • Soy sauce: The dark soy sauce is less salty than the usual soy sauce but it adds a nice browny color to the dish. The quality of the soy sauce is very important for this recipe. I use Lee Kum kee soy sauce.
Chinese braised beef shank
Chinese soy braised beef

Recipe Notes

  • Split the Beef Shin for Smaller Pots: If your pot is too small for the whole beef shin, simply cut it in half.
  • Prep for Serving: Before serving, be sure to remove and discard the ginger and star anises.
  • Versatile Filling: You can cut it into thin slices and use it as a sandwich or burger filling.
Chinese braised beef
Soy Braised Beef

FAQs

Q: Can I use a different type of meat instead of beef for this recipe?

A: Certainly! You have the flexibility to choose different types of meat for this recipe. To ensure a tender and juicy result, it is recommended to select cuts of meat with higher collagen content. Consider options like beef brisket or oxtails as excellent alternatives that work wonderfully in this dish.

Q: Can I make this dish in a slow cooker?

A: Absolutely! You can choose to braise the beef in a slow cooker. However, when it comes to the second step, it is recommended to transfer the beef from the slow cooker to a saucepan in order to reduce the sauce. This step helps to concentrate the flavors and achieve the desired consistency.

Q: Can I make this recipe ahead of time and reheat it later?

A: Yes. You can absolutely make this recipe ahead of time and reheat it later if desired. However, it’s worth noting that this dish can also be enjoyed as a cold dish. In that case, there is no need to reheat it. If you prefer to warm it up, you can use a microwave to gently heat the dish.

Chinese soy braised beef
Chinese soy braised beef shank

This recipe is wonderfully straightforward. I often enjoy it as a savory snack or serve it over rice or noodles for a quick and comforting meal.

It’s perfect for potlucks or picnics. Plus, it’s a high-protein snack that you’ll absolutely love.

Don’t miss out on this delicious recipe—try it today!

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Chinese soy braised beef

Chinese Braised Beef

Homemade Chinese Braised Beef – Easy and Delicious Fillings for Sandwiches, Burgers, or as a Savory Snack or Cold Dish!
Author: Lei
5 from 2 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: asian, Chinese
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Fat
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 1 kg Beef Shank (boneless)
  • 6 star anise
  • 2 slices ginger
  • 4 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoon rice wine
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 cup water (or cover at least half of the beef shin)

Instructions

  • Braising the beef: Add all the ingredients to the pot over high heat and bring it to a boil. Turn the heat down, put a lid on and let it simmer for two hours. (Turn the beef every half an hour so all sides are cooked in the sauce).
  • Reducing the sauce: Take off the lid and turn the heat to the highest. Stir and cook until the sauce is reduced to about 1/2 cup.
  • Serving: Slice the beef and serve with the sauce.

Recipe Notes:

  • Split the Beef Shin for Smaller Pots: If your pot is too small for the whole beef shin, simply cut it in half.
  • Prep for Serving: Before serving, be sure to remove and discard the ginger and star anises.
  • Versatile Filling: You can cut it into thin slices and use it as a sandwich or burger filling.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 131kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 16gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 2565mgPotassium: 345mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 9IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 3mg

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3 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Looks delicious, can’t wait to try it.

  2. Could this be made in a slow cooker?

5 from 2 votes (1 rating without comment)

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