I have recently added a new spice mix to my ever growing spice cupboard. It is “Chinese 5 Spices.” This mix actually contains 7 ingredients and is a very flavorful blend. It contains cinnamon, star anise, fennel, ginger, cloves, white pepper and licorice root. That’s it! No preservatives! I have used this mix to make spareribs, and now a braised beef dish, and love the results! So, are you ready to head into the kitchen? Let’s go!
Ingredients – missing the ginger root
2 TBS peanut oil
3 slices of fresh ginger, trimmed
1 onion, sliced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 1/2 # beef stew meat – cut into cubes the size of you pinky finger from tip to first joint
2 TBS hearty red wined
1 whole star anise
1 1/2″ length of cinnamon stick
1/2 tsp Chinese 5 spices
3 TBS dark soy sauce
2 cups of beef stock
Several sprigs of cilatro
This dish takes no time to put together and then cooks in the oven for 2 1/2 hours. So, let’s get that oven going! Set if for 350 degrees. Get out your cast iron dutch oven to start the cooking process!
Add the peanut oil to the pot and heat the pot to high. When the oil is hot add in the ginger, onion and garlic.
Sliced onion, minced garlic and slices of fresh ginger
Stir until the aromas hit your nose. Then add in the beef and brown.
Brown the beef
Once the beef is browned, add the rest of the ingredients with the exception of the cilantro. Combine well,
All ingredients added and ready for braising in the oven
cover, and place this in the oven. Set your timer for 2 1/2 hours. Let it do its thing…
Half an hour before this is done, prepare some steamed rice and a lovely green vege. When the timer goes off, remove the pot from the oven, and don’t forget to turn the oven off!
Right out of the oven
By now your veges and rice should be done as well. Remove the cinnamon stick, the star anise and the sliced ginger before serving. Then plate it up! And, top each serving with sprigs of cilantro!
Dinner is served!
The aromas are amazing, making your mouth water as you serve this up! And, it is very flavorful! This can be made ahead and served the following day and the flavors will be even better!
Please do let me know if you try this simple, flavorful dish! To my friend Conor: Do you dare try this one? :)
Thank you for joining me in the kitchen! Enjoy your Monday! Be well!
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