This is a traditional beef casserole but uses Asian flavours to make an almost “slow cooked stir fry”. It’s delicious served with rice or noodles and can even be used as a pie filling with a shortcrust pastry “top” if you fancy something different.
The last time I made this I used cauliflower rice to serve, it’s low carb and just as good as ordinary rice.
I also sometimes add spinach or bok choi to the pot about 10 – 15 minutes before the end of the cooking time. This adds some green to the dish and works well with the other flavours.
- Olive or coconut oil
- 600g stewing beef cut into cubes
- 1 onion
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 4cm piece of root ginger
- 1 tbsp Chinese 5 spice
- 2 tbsp plain flour
- 2-3 carrots cut into slices (feel free to add more if not using broc/cauli)
- 6-8 florets of broccoli and/or cauliflower (optional)
- 125g sliced shitake mushrooms
- 1 beef stock cube
- Half a tsp ground cinnamon
- 4 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 and a half tbsp soft brown sugar
- Quarter tsp chilli flakes (optional)
- Heat some oil in a casserole dish and brow the meat so that it takes on some colour. Do this in batches if necessary. Set aside in another bowl.
- Preheat the oven to 140°C (120°C fan)
- In the same casserole dish add more oil if necessary and fry the onions, ginger and garlic for about 5 minutes then add the flour and Chinese 5 spice and stir for about a minute.
- Add the beef back into the casserole and the remaining veg. Stir everything together and pour some boiling water to almost cover the ingredients.
- Crumble in the stock cube, add the cinnamon, soy sauce, sugar and chilli flakes if using.
- Bring to a simmer, then cover and cook in the oven for between 2 – 2.5 hours or until the beef is tender and the sauce is thicker. Some of the veg will have broken down which also helps to thicken the sauce.
- Enjoy with basmati or jasmine rice or with some Asian noodles.
- If you’re going to make this into a pie, add the filling to a pie dish, top with shortcrust pastry and follow the pastry instructions for oven cooking.