Anna's Family Kitchen was inspired by my love of food and desire to feed my family healthy, home cooked wholesome meals that are beautifully presented and appealing but don’t require hours of prep in the kitchen.

Asian Beef Stew

This Asian Beef Stew has to be the ultimate crowd pleaser. I have lost count of the number of times I have made it for special occasions and the number of people who have also tried it and voted it a massive hit.

Serves: 6-8

Prep: 30 minutes
Cooking: 5 hours
Total: 5.5 hours

Difficulty: moderate



1½ kg braising steak
3 red onions chopped
4 garlic cloves
10cm ginger
20g fresh coriander
2 tbsp plain flour
1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
4 star anise
2 tsp brown sugar
5 tbsp Mirin – Chinese rice wine
4 tbsp dark soy sauce
500ml beef stock
1 bunch spring onions, sliced
1 red chilli, deseeded & thinly sliced

Cut the steak into large chunks – approx 10x5cm. Season the meat with salt & pepper & toss in the flour.

Make a paste by blitzing the coriander, garlic and ginger.
Heat a large casserole & colour the meat in batches.
Set aside the meat, add the rest of the oil & add the onions. Colour for a few minutes before adding the garlic, coriander, ginger paste.
Return the meat to the pan with the five-spice & star anise. Add the sugar & stir then add the soy sauce, Mirin & stock.
Put in a slow cooker for 8 hours or low oven (140 degrees) for 4-5 hours. Stir in the middle of the cooking time if you can.
Finish with fresh chilli & shredded spring onions.

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