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Sichuan Braised Beef
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
Authentic Sichuan style red braised beef
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Sichuan cuisine
Servings: 6
Calories: 583 kcal
Author: Elaine
  • 1 strip of beef brisket around 1000g
  • 4 middle sized potatoes
  • 2 tbsp. Sichuan doubanjiang
  • 2 leek onions cut into sections
  • 1 garlic peeled
  • 1 inch root ginger , divided
  • 1 tbsp. rock sugar
  • 2 star anises
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 ¬†Amomum villosum Lours¬† optional
  • a very small piece of cassia bark
  • 1/2 tbsp. Sichuan peppercorn
  • 1/4 cup light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. dark soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp. Chinese cooking wine
  • Water as needed
  • coriander as needed
  1. Cut the beef brisket into small chunks and then soak in a large pot of clear water for half an hour.

  2. Get a large pot and load it with enough water, add 2 slices of ginger and 1 tablespoon of cooking wine. Place the beef in cold water, start the fire and bring everything to boil for 2 minutes. Transfer out and drain.
  3. Add around 1 tablespoon of cooking oil in your pot and fry doubanjiang until the oil turns red too. Place leek onion, garlic and ginger and other spices, fry over small fire until aromatic.

  4. Place the beef in and fry for a while until you can smell the aroma of the beef. Add rock sugar, light soy sauce and dark soy sauce. Continue frying for couple of minutes so the flavors can be well combined. Then place water or beer to cover the beef (3cm higher in stove pot and 1.5 cm higher in high pressure cooker) and then cook the beef until well softened.
  5. Peel the cut the potatoes into 3 cm cubes and then cook the potatoes with clean water for 20 minutes until almost soft.
  6. Drain the potatoes and add then into the well cooked beef. Mix in and continue cook for 2 minutes. Cover the lid and let them combine well in the pot.
Nutrition Facts
Sichuan Braised Beef
Amount Per Serving
Calories 583 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 187mg 62%
Sodium 1069mg 45%
Potassium 1649mg 47%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 2g
Protein 68g 136%
Vitamin A 0.8%
Vitamin C 20.7%
Calcium 7%
Iron 61.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.