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Braised Beef with Chilli & Vinegar

Course Dinner
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword Beef, Braised, Chilli, Vinegar
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 7 hours
Servings 4 people


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 kg beef shin on the bone, or 1kg without bone and chopped into 2cm pieces
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 onion large, diced
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 6 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 250 ml Shaoxing wine
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce light
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce dark
  • 250 ml Chinkiang black vinegar or rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1.5 tbsp chilli bean paste
  • 500 ml chicken stock


  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C.

  2. Add oil to a deep frying pan big enough to fit the beef shin and place on a medium-low heat.

  3. Season the shin with salt then add to the pan. Colour on all sides until golden brown, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from the pan and reserve. Add onion, star anise and cinnamon to the pan. Sweat for about 5 minutes, then add garlic and cook for a few more minutes.

  4. Add Shaoxing wine, scraping the bottom of the pan, then add both soy sauces, black vinegar, sugar and chilli bean paste. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 2 minutes. Add stock, bring to a simmer, then check seasoning.

  5. Transfer the beef shin into a casserole dish or heavy-bottomed oven tray. Carefully add sauce – it should cover half to three-quarters up the shin (add a little boiling water if needed), then cover tightly with foil or a lid. Cook in the oven for 6 hours, until the beef falls off the bone easily.

  6. Remove from the oven, allow to sit for 20 minutes. Carefully transfer the shin and sauce to a deep serving platter. Garnish with coriander and crispy-fried onions and serve.