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Red Cooked Beef on a bed of Egg Noodles

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Red-Cooked Beef on a Bed of Egg Noodles
A delicious and aromatic Chinese dish with very tender beef slices...

Serves 4
Prep time: less than 30 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour
Ingredients
1 tbsp vegetable oil
spring onions, sliced
garlic cloves, thinly sliced
thumb-sized piece fresh ginger, cut into matchsticks
1 tsp roasted Sichuan peppercorns
star anise
cloves
cinnamon stick
200ml beef stock
75ml brandy
50ml dark soy sauce
2 tsp sugar
pinch salt
500g piece of topside beef
1 red pepper, sliced
1 yellow pepper, sliced
To serve
1 packet ready-made egg noodles, cooked according to packet instructions
fresh beansprouts
sesame oil, to drizzle
handful peanuts, toasted


Method
1.      Heat the oil in a large, deep frying pan over a medium heat. Add the spring onions, garlic, ginger, Sichuan peppercorns, star anise, cloves and cinnamon stick and fry for 2-3 minutes, until the spring onions have softened.
2.      Add the stock, brandy, soy sauce, sugar and salt. Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for five minutes.
3.      Reduce the heat, so the mixture is barely simmering, then place the beef into the sauce. Poach the beef, turning occasionally, for 45 minutes to one hour, or until completely cooked through.
4.      Add the red and yellow peppers one minute before the end of cooking and allow to soften for a minute. Remove the beef from the pan and allow to rest for 4-5 minutes covered in foil, then carve into thin slices.
5.      To serve, place the egg noodles, bean sprouts, sesame oil and peanuts into a large bowl and mix together well. Divide the noodle mixture and place onto four plates. Place a few slices of beef onto each pile of noodles and drizzle over the sauce

Cooks Tips
v  Add a little water to the sauce if it has gone to thick.

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