Red Cooked Beef

An oriental version of spiced beef.

Cook Time: 1 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hours 30 minutes


  • 2 lbs (1kg) round beef
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1-1/4 cups soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Chinese wine or dry sherry
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tbsp ginger, grated
  • 3 star anise
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • water




Brown meat in oil to seal.

Place meat in a saucepan, add remaining ingredients and enough water to cover.

Bring to a boil, simmer very slowly for about 1-1/2 hours until the meat is tender. Allow the meat to cool in the liquid.

Remove meat, cover with a plate, weight down and chill. Reserve strained liquid for future use to enrich stocks.

Carve into very thin slices and serve as part of an hors d’oeuver with Chinese sauces and dips.