Beef stew has been a staple dish around the world as long as anyone can remember and there’s no surprise why. It’s simple to make, requiring just one pot, and hearty enough to fill a whole family’s tummies without spending too much on ingredients. Our warming beef stew recipe puts a Chinese-flavoured twist on an old classic.
Ingredients for 4 to 6
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1.5kg braising beef (chopped)
- 2 tablespoons seasoned flour
- 500ml beef stock
- 6 to 8 spring onions (sliced)
- 6 cloves garlic (sliced or minced)
- 3 tablespoons cooking wine
- 3 tablespoons dark soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1 chilli pepper (sliced)
- 1 piece fresh ginger (around 5cm long, peeled and minced)
- 1 teaspoon five-spice
How to make beef stew
1. Preheat your oven to 150 degrees Celsius.
2. In a large, shallow casserole dish, heat half of your oil (2 tablespoons) over a medium-high setting. Sauté your onions, garlic, chilli and ginger until fragrant (around 3 minutes), then leave to sit on a plate.
3. In a large bowl, sprinkle your flour over your beef chunks and toss until well coated.
4. Add the rest of your oil (2 tablespoons) to your pot. Then, add your beef in batches to brown it. Cook each batch for around 5 minutes, then set aside on a plate or in a bowl.
5. Return your onions, garlic, chilli and ginger to the pot and add your five-spice. Fry for around a minute.
6. Stir in your sugar, then add the beef and mix everything until well combined. Pour in your wine and use a spatula to ensure nothing is left stuck to the pan.
7. Add your beef stock and soy, then bring the stew to a simmer. Once simmering, cover the pot and transfer it to the oven. Leave it to cook for around 1.5 to 2 hours, stirring once.
8. Serve hot with cooked bok choy and cooked rice.
Fancy a delivery instead?
If you’d rather get your beef stew delivered, we have plenty of options to choose from. You can try a for a classic western braised beef stew at Jack’s Place – as good as a grandmother would make, served up with mashed potatoes and seasonal veg. If you prefer Asian flavours, try the Yukgaejang spicy beef stew at Korean restaurant Hoodadak.