Served with simple rice and steamed broccoli, it beats a greasy takeaway on a Saturday night. As this is one of those dishes that would be even better made a day in advance, it's just perfect as an entertaining recipe too. Our toddler loved it, but if your serving just for adults I say ramp up the chilli big time. If serving for kids too then hold back on the chilli as we did, and serve fresh chillies on top for those who like it.
To make enough for four people:
900g of shin of beef, or thereabouts, cut into large bite size pieces
2 tablespoons of flour
200g (large bunch) of spring onions, sliced thinly into matchsticks
2 thumbs' worth of fresh ginger, thinly sliced
3 star anise
10 cloves of garlic, sliced thinly
750ml of beef stock (make very weak if it's not home made, as shop bought stocks are so salty)
2 heaped teaspoons of brown sugar
Peel of 2 oranges, juice of 1
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 a large chilli (more to taste if just adults are eating!)
1 teaspoon of Chinese 5 spice
3 tablespoons rice wine (or dry sherry if you don't have this)
3 tablespoons of dark soy sauce
1 tablespoon of runny honey
1/4 teaspoon of sesame oil
- Preheat oven to 150C. Trim any large bits of fat from your beef, cut into bite sized pieces and dust in flour.
- Heat your sunflower oil to fairly high. Fry off your beef in batches; don't overcrowd the pan. Take your time! After all the pieces are browned, set aside your beef.
- Now turn down your heat a little. Fry off your ginger, chilli, and 3/4 of your spring onions (set some aside for serving on top of the finished dish) for a few minutes.
- Add your sugar, cinnamon, star anise, 5 spice, orange peel to the dish and put your meat back in too.
- Now the liquid. Make up your stock (please be careful with shop bought, I would advise diluting it by 1/4 because the soy makes this dish salty). Then pour your soy, rice wine, and squeeze the orange juice in also.
- Give it a good stir and pop in the oven for 2 hours. Stir half way through.
- When 2 hours are up, add your honey, a good grinding of black pepper, and a tiny amount (1/4 of a teaspoon) of sesame oil. Taste and maybe add more honey or pepper.
- Serve with sliced chillis and the remaining sliced spring onions, alongside some plain rice and steamed broccoli. Or Pok Choi would be great too.