Time to cook

More than 1 hour


5 or more

Cost per person

Less than $5

Trying to keep the weather locked outside ? This recipe will not only keep the cold at bay but also keep the family’s colds & flus at a safe distance. The Chinese don’t throw the term “superfood” around quite as easily as we do in the west (Kale…really??) but after 100’s of years of using ginger as a medication and tasty food additive, they saw the benefit in the special root. Ginger has been linked to curing everything from morning sickness to muscle pain to cancer..and while some of the claims may not be fully verifiable it certainly doesn’t hurt when it comes to relieving the symptoms of the common cold.
Try it out…at worst you will get a great meal and at best you might get a letter from the queen! Prep time : 30mins Cooking time : 6 Hrs


  • 2 - 3 tbsp vegetable or sunflower oil
  • 1¼kg beef shin or brisket, cut into very large chunks
  • 2 onions
  • 50g ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • small bunch coriander
  • 2 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • 6 whole star anise
  • 1 tsp black peppercorn
  • 100g dark brown muscovado sugar
  • 50ml light soy sauce
  • 50ml dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • beef stock

Preperation Directions

Heat a little of the oil in a large flameproof dish.

Add the beef chunks, in batches, and fry until browned. When each batch is browned, transfer the beef to another dish. Very roughly chop the onions, ginger, garlic and coriander stalks. Put in a food processor and whizz to a paste. Wipe any oil out of the dish you browned the beef in. Add the paste with a good splash of water and gently fry, scraping up any beef bits, until the paste is fragrant and softened (add more water if the paste sticks). Stir in the five-spice, star anise and peppercorns, cook for 1 min, then add the sugar, soy sauces and tomato purée. Return the beef and any juices to the dish, then stir in enough stock to just about cover. Bring to a gentle simmer.

Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Cover the dish, put in the oven and cook for 21⁄2 hrs until the beef is really tender. Lift the beef out of the sauce into a dish, to keep warm. Boil the sauce until reduced by about half and thickened. Meanwhile, fry the ginger in the oil until golden and crispy. Return the beef to the sauce. serve the beef spooned over rice and scattered with the crispy ginger.

Chef's notes

To serve thumb-sized chunk ginger , shredded into matchsticks 1 tbsp vegetable or sunflower oil cooked jasmine rice

About 1888 Team

The team at 1888 certified are always on the lookout for new and interesting dishes that are easy to prepare and great to eat. We have the benefit of having some self confessed “food…

More from 1888

Send me the recipe.

If you would like this recipe sent directly to your inbox , just type your email address in the box indicated. If you would like to receive notification of any of our specials and recipes in the future please tick the check box indicating that you are happy for 1888 Certified to contact you. All emails will be kept confidential and will never be sold or used for anything other than letting you know what we are up to. Tim & Charlie

Don't worry, we won't send you any spam (we are a premium butcher, Spam isn't part of our offering!).