The Best Beef Stew - Sam Choy

"This recipe is from Cooking From the Heart by Sam Choy. A few years ago Sam Choy had a restaurant hidden in the middle of the Industrial area in Kona, on the Big Island. It wasn't big on atmosphere, but the food was wonderful and very popular. I've had this stew there and it's truly a favorite of mine. Mochiko is a sweet rice flour."
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  • Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper, then dust with flour.
  • Brown meat with garlic, minced onion, and celery leaves about 10 minutes on medium or low-medium, until well browned.
  • Keep stirring to avoid burning.
  • Drain oil.
  • Add beef and chicken broth and tomato paste.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer.
  • Cover and let cook about 1 hour, or until beef is tender.
  • Add carrots and potatoes and cook 5 minutes.
  • Add onion chunks and celery and cook 10 minutes more.
  • Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper.
  • Mix some mochiko with some water (about 2 tablespoons each) to thicken if desired.

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  1. Best beef stew recipe hands down. I've used this recipe for years and recommend this to everyone I know. I'm from Hawaii and it tastes like home.
  2. Although I bought enough meat for the entire recipe, I did use just half of it when I made just half a recipe for the 2 of us, & now I look forward to making it the same way again in a few days! As others have said, so easy to make, & absolutely delicious, too! I'll definitely be making it again, too, during the cooler winter months ahead! What a great keeper of a recipe! [Tagged & made in Please Review My Recipe]
  3. This is a wonderful stew, and surprisingly simple to make. I halved all the ingredients, as this recipe makes a LOT! The beef cooked up nice and tender, and I didn't need to add any flour to thicken it. I used red bliss potatoes, which came out nice and tender as well. I just added some extra salt and pepper and dug into a nice steaming bowl of stew! Thanks for sharing. Made for ZWT7.
  4. OMG, this recipe is the best ever! I will never make another stew again!! I am so surprised more people haven't found this recipe. I made it for my boyfriend last night and he loved it. and it doesn't take that long to make. Thank you Sam Choy! for sharing your best stew ever recipe. My boyfriend is also originally from Hawaii, and said your resturant has wonderful food.!


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