Project Description

Chinese-style Beef Brisket Salad

Chinese-style Beef Brisket Salad is based on a recipe from Tai Woo Restaurant in Hong Kong, which won the beef category in the 2004 Best of the Best Culinary Awards which I judged in Hong Kong. I recreated this recipe when I was Food Director of The Australian Women’s Weekly. Beef brisket is a very inexpensive cut of meat. Ask your butcher to remove most of the excess fat from the beef.

Serves 8 as part of a banquet
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:  1 hour and 50 minutes


1 ½ cups (375ml) salt-reduced beef stock
1/3 cup (80ml) Chinese rice wine (shao hsing) or dry sherry
1/3 cup (80ml) light soy sauce (or gluten-free tamari)
2 teaspoons brown sugar
5 cloves garlic, chopped coarsely
2 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
2 teaspoons Sichuan pepper
2 green onions (green shallots), chopped coarsely
3 cups (750ml) vegetable oil
700g approx piece beef brisket
1 (130g) Lebanese cucumber, seeded, to serve
½ small (75g) red capsicum, chopped finely, to serve


  1. Combine 1 ½ cups (375 ml) water, stock, rice wine, soy sauce, sugar, garlic, star anise, cinnamon, pepper and green onions in a large saucepan. Bring to the boil, reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a wok or large saucepan, fry brisket for 1 minute each side or until browned. Remove beef from oil, reserve oil in wok or pan; drain beef on absorbent paper.
  3. Add brisket to simmering stock mixture; simmer, covered, for about 1 hour 30 minutes or until brisket is tender. Remove brisket from stock. Return stock to heat, simmer, uncovered for 5 minutes. Strain stock mixture into a large jug.
  4. Heat reserved oil; fry brisket in hot oil for about 2 minutes each side or until crisp.
  5. Using a vegetable peeler, peel ribbons of cucumber lengthways.
  6. Slice brisket thinly, arrange on a platter; spoon stock mixture over beef. Top with cucumber and capsicum.

Lyndey’s Note: Sichuan, Szechwan pepper or Sansho has a peppery taste and slight numbing effect on the lips and tongue so use with care. This recipe can be made up to the final frying stage two days ahead.

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