Chinese Beef Stew Recipe

chinese beef stew

Beef brisket is a chinese classic dish that is the epitome of hearty comfort food. It is incredibly versatile and there are complexities to the levels of texture and flavor.


  • 1 lb beef brisket
  • 1 lb beef tendon (You can just use 2 lbs of beef brisket if you don’t enjoy tendon)
  • 2 Star anise
  • 1 Cinnamon
  • ½ tbsp Schezuan Peppercorns
  • ½ tbsp Fennel Seeds
  • ¼ tsp Cloves
  • 1 ½ tbsp Oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp Dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Light soy sauce
  • 1 cube Fermented bean curd
  • 1 ½ tbsp Chee Hou sauce
  • 1 tbsp Rock sugar
  • 1 sprig of Green onion
  • 1 thumb size Ginger
  • 1 qt Chicken broth


  1. Rinse beef brisket with cold water. Heat a pot of water on medium heat. Once water boils, add in beef brisket and beef tendon. Add in sliced ginger, rice wine, and tie your green onion into a knot and add it into the pot. Boil beef brisket for 1 ½ hours. 
  2. After 1 ½ hours, drain beef brisket. Slice beef brisket in 1 inch increments. Use pot to bring the pot of chicken broth to a boil. Use a cheesecloth to add in 5 spice seasonings; cloves, cinnamon, fennel seeds, star anise, sichuan peppercorns and tie a knot. Make sure dried seasonings won’t leak into pot. Add cheesecloth to pot. 
  3. In a bowl, use a spoon to mash up fermented bean curd until its mixed into a sauce. Add oyster sauce, chou hou sauce, rock sugar, light and dark soy sauce, and mixed bean curd sauce to chicken broth. 
  4. After broth boils, add in beef brisket and beef tendon. Turn the heat down to simmer with lid on the pot and boil for 1 ½ -2 hours until beef is tender. 
  5. Serve beef brisket right away or freeze for future uses. 

Keywords: Beef Brisket Stew Chinese Style