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Here's a simple and delicious recipe for five-spice beef soup:

Updated: Sep 8, 2023

A bowl of five spice beef soup

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)


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Add the marinated beef slices to the pot and cook until they are browned on all sides.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.

  7. Serve the five-spice beef soup hot in bowls. Garnish each bowl with chopped green onions.

  8. 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.


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