Red Beef Stew

READY IN: 2hrs 30mins
Recipe by ellie_

Something different to do with cubed beef.This Spicy beef and carrots dish is delicious over egg noddles or rice. Most of these Asian ingredients are available in the Asian food aisle in a grocery store or at an Asian food store. Recipe Source: Bon Appetit (March 1987)

Top Review by PalatablePastime

Wonderful! I found it quite enjoyable to find something Thai that wasn't either curried or an appetizer or soup. The flavors in this were wonderfully balanced and was not overly spicy. We did add some chile paste after cooking since I was using it in another dish I cooked. It was great over rice for us, but I am wondering if it would be even more fabulous still if it had some potatoes chunked up in it and served in a bowl for the homestyle comfort flavor of stew, if only in Asian style. Thanks loads!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Over medium high heat, bring a large pot of water to boil and add beef, boil for 10 seconds. Drain, and rinse under cold water for 1 minute. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl combine next 5 ingredients (onion - star anise). Set aside.
  3. In another small bowl or cup combine next 5 ingredients (soy sauce - salt). Set aside.
  4. Over high heat heat hot chili oil in a wok or large skillet.
  5. Add onion mixture to wok and stir-fry 2 minutes.
  6. Stir in beef and stir-fry 3 minutes.
  7. Transfer mixture to large sauce pan or pot, adding 2 3/4 cups water. Bring to a boil.
  8. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until beef is tender (1 hour and 40 minutes), stirring occasionally. You may need to add more water.
  9. Stir in carrots. Cover and simmer until tender (20 minutes), stirring occasionally.
  10. Remove chilies and star anise - discard.
  11. Increase heat to high.
  12. In a small cup dissolve cornstarch in 1/4 cup water. Stir into stew, stirring for 1 1/2 minutes.
  13. Transfer to serving dish (over egg noddles or rice, if desired), garnishing with green onions.

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