I’ve been craving meat lately but haven’t really had time to cook anything properly. By the time I get home from work or German class after work, it’s super late and I’m just wolfing down whatever I can get my hands on from the fridge and cupboard.
So this is where my slow cooker comes in! I recall my mother telling me I could use the Taiwanese spice packets she gave me to stew some meat, so I decided to throw in some beef chunks into the slow cooker this morning before work, add a spice packet, top with some soy sauce, rice wine, and water… and then let magic happen while I was slaving away at the office. 😉
I came home to the lovely fragrance of stewed meat that was immediately ready to pop into my mouth, chew, and swallow the beefy goodness. Mmm…
Easy-peasy to prepare (because I didn’t measure anything) and with a spicy kick (as I had also added some Siracha into the pot), this was a wonderful dish made from scratch with pretty much nil effort. I don’t know why I never thought of doing this before.
I used to always use the spice packets to make beef noodle soup with tofu and eggs and all the trimmings, but I never actually just made the stewed meat by itself. Just doing the meat really cut down on prep time, and then I could eat it with whatever sides I wanted to.
I was a greedy pig and didn’t have much leftovers, but I did save the spicy juices to top over rice and/or noodles. I must do this again soon. 🙂
Taiwanese beef stew (紅燒牛肉)
- 500 g beef (I bought pre-cut chunks from the supermarket)
- 1 Taiwanese spice packet (This one contained anise, cumin, clove, cinnamon, spicy seasoning)
- soy sauce
- rice wine
- Hoisin sauce
- Put the raw meat into the slow cooker. (Mine went in frozen straight out of the freezer.)
- Add the spice packet.
- Dump in some soy sauce and rice wine.
- I added a squirt of Siracha and Hoisin sauce.
- Add some water to the slow cooker. (Mine didn’t completely cover the meat, but I suppose you could if you wanted more juice.)
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours. (I let mine cook for 11 hours while I was at work, and it was fine.)