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Chinese Beef Stew with Chickpeas and Star Anise

2¼ hours 15 minutes active

Chinese Beef Stew with Chickpeas and Star Anise

This hearty, aromatic stew is our adaptation of a recipe from “Hot Sour Salty Sweet” by cookbook authors Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid, who explain that the dish hails from the Hui people of Yunnan province in western China. We use beef shanks in our version, as the bones contribute amazing richness and body to the broth, thereby allowing us to skip the step of browning the meat, a flavor-building technique used in many stews. Without searing, the broth boasts a clean, pure beefiness, so the spices—star anise, five-spice powder and Sichuan peppercorns—have a bold presence, yielding warm, subtly sweet and tingling peppery notes that bring depth and complexity. A generous dose of herbs adds freshness. Serve with steamed or stir-fried greens and rice or warmed flatbread.

4

Servings

Tip

Don't add all of the chickpeas to the pot with the beef. We add only half with the meat; with long cooking, these chickpeas soften, adding body to the braising liquid. We add the remaining chickpeas at the end so they retain their texture and contrast the tender beef.

2¼ hours

15 minutes active

Ingredients

  • 2

    pounds bone-in beef shanks (about 1 inch thick), trimmed

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper

Directions

  1. 01
    Heat the oven to 325°F with a rack in the lower-middle position. Season the shanks on both sides with ½ teaspoon salt and 2 teaspoons black pepper; set aside.

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