Braised Beef with Lemongrass

Braised Beef with Lemongrass


2star anise
3 tbsvegetable oil
1 tbsof annatto seeds (sold as a bag in Asian grocery stores)
450 g (1lb)braised beef, cut into cubes of 4 cm
1 tspsalt
1 pinchground peppercorns
2 CASESsugar
2 clovesgarlic, crushed
750 ml (3t)chicken broth
2 rodsof lemongrass, crushed with the side of a knife and cut into sections of plus or minus 2 cm
½onion, thinly sliced
2 tbsfish sauce
1 tbssoy sauce
2 tbsof Vietnamese curry powder
2 tspof sambal oelek
2carrots, peeled, cut into slices of 2 cm, blanched
6 leavesmint, chopped


1. In a skillet over medium heat, fry the anise stars for 3 minutes. Book. Pour the oil into the skillet and heat it, then add the annatto seeds. Wait until the oil turns bright red and remove the seeds with a spoon. Reserve the oil.
2. In a bowl, season the beef cubes with salt, pepper and sugar. Add a crushed garlic clove and half of the annatto oil. Marinate in the refrigerator for half an hour. Meanwhile, heat the chicken broth and lemongrass over medium heat in a cauldron.
3. In a heavy-bottomed casserole, heat the rest of the annatto oil and add the remaining garlic clove and onion. Mix well, then add the marinated beef cubes. Cook for 5 minutes over medium heat. Pour in the hot broth with the lemongrass. Also add fish sauce and soy sauce. Reduce heat, cover and cook for at least half an hour, skimming occasionally. (At this point you can transfer everything to a slow cooker.)
4. Finally add the star anise, curry, sambal oelek and carrots and continue cooking one more hour (4 hours in the slow cooker).
5. Like any good braised dish, it is even better warmed and tasted the next day.

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