Five-spice beef soup is a flavorful and aromatic Chinese dish that combines tender beef, a rich broth, and a mix of spices that lend a unique taste to the soup. The star ingredient in this recipe is the five-spice powder, which typically includes cinnamon, cloves, fennel seeds, star anise, and Sichuan peppercorns. This combination of spices creates a warm, slightly sweet, and savory flavor profile that complements the beef perfectly.
Here's a simple and delicious recipe for five-spice beef soup:
1 lb (450g) beef stew meat, thinly sliced
6 cups beef broth (homemade or store-bought)
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1-inch piece of ginger, grated
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon Chinese five-spice powder
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
4 green onions (scallions), chopped (for garnish)
Cooked white rice (optional, for serving)
In a bowl, mix the beef slices with soy sauce, Chinese five-spice powder, sugar, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Allow the beef to marinate for at least 15 minutes to absorb the flavors.
In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the minced garlic and grated ginger, and sauté for about a minute until fragrant.
Add the marinated beef slices to the pot and cook until they are browned on all sides.
Pour in the beef broth and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let the soup simmer for about 30-40 minutes or until the beef is tender.
Add the sliced onions and carrots to the soup and continue simmering for another 10-15 minutes until the vegetables are cooked to your desired level of tenderness.
Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.
Serve the five-spice beef soup hot in bowls. Garnish each bowl with chopped green onions.
Optionally, you can serve the soup over a bed of cooked white rice for a heartier meal.
Enjoy your delicious and comforting five-spice beef soup! It's a perfect dish for cold days or when you're craving something full of warm and aromatic flavors.