Braising is a cooking method that requires simmering of meat in liquid for a long period of time. Typically, a braised dish takes at least two hours to cook. The technique may take a lot of time, but usually, it does not require you to spend those hours in front of the stove. As a matter of fact, braising is one of the easiest cooking methods that is guaranteed to yield great results: tender, flavorful meat and thick, savory sauce.
An example of this sauce-y, flavorful dish is the Chinese Braised Beef. It is cooked by simmering beef brisket cubes in water and soy sauce spiked with Chinese seasonings and spices. It is really easy to cook; you just need to combine all ingredients and let it simmer for 1-2 hours for maximum flavor and to ensure tenderness of the meat. Here is the recipe for Chinese Braised Beef.
Chinese Braised Beef Recipe
You will need:
- 1/2 kg beef brisket, cut into cubes
- about 4 cups of water
- 4 tbsp. soy sauce
- 4 pcs. star anise
- 2 tbsp onion, minced
- 1-2 tbsp. sugar, or to taste
- salt, to taste
- freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 1 carrot, sliced diagonally
- 2 tsp. cornstarch, diluted in 1/4 cup water
- chopped spring onions for garnishing, optional
- In a medium-sized casserole, combine beef, water, soy sauce, star anise, onion, sugar, salt, and pepper. Bring into boil.
- Lower heat and let simmer for 1 1/2 -2 hours. Check beef for tenderness.
- If beef is cooked to your preference, add carrots. Season to taste, if needed.
- Add cornstarch mixture and mix well. Let simmer until thick.
- Serve over hot steamed rice and garnish with chopped spring onions.
- You may buy star anise from grocery stores or Asian specialty stores.
- If you cannot find star anise, you may substitute a couple of teaspoons of five spice powder, allspice, or fennel seeds.