*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 
                        SZECHUAN (SICHUAN) BEEF STEW
 
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 Serving Size  : 4    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Beef                             Chinese
                 Asian
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    4                    Spring onions -- trimmed and
    1                    Fresh ginger (1 piece) -- after slicing thin
    3                    Pieces orange peel
    2      pounds        Flank steak -- halved
           it            by hitting it
    3                    Star anise
      1/4  cup           Softened lard or frying oil
                         -----SEASONING-----
    2      teaspoons     Garlic -- finely chopped
      1/2  cup           Light soy sauce
      1/3  cup           Rice wine or dry sherry
    1      tablespoon    Hot bean paste
    1      tablespoon    Chinese brown peppercorns
    2      tablespoons   Dark soy sauce
    2      tablespoons   Sweet bean paste
    2      teaspoons     Sugar
 
 Cut the meat into 5 cm (2 inch) cubes and place in a deep pot with the spring
onions, ginger, star anise, and the orange peel. Cover with water and bring to a
boil, skim and then simmer for 2 hours, tightly cover- ed over low heat. Heat the
lard and fry the seasoning ingredients for 1 minute, then pour into the pot and
recover. Simmer 1 hour more or until meat is very ten- der.
 Transfer meat to a serving dish and thicken the sauce with a paste of corn flour
and cold water. Pour over the meat after discarding the onion, ginger, star anise
and orange peel.
 
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