Taiwanese Braised Beef

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Taiwanese-Style Braised Minced Beef

A twist on classic Taiwanese comfort food lu rou fan, made with minced beef.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time46 mins
Total Time1 hr 6 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Taiwanese
Keyword: braised, comfort food, five spice, minced beef, Taiwanese
Servings: 4 people
Author: Amanda Marsh


  • Saute Pan
  • Wooden Spatula
  • 1 Cup and 1/4 cup Measuring Cups
  • Teaspoon
  • Measuring Spoon


  • 2 large Shallots Alternative: 1 Cup Jarred Fried Shallots
  • 2 tbsp Canola Oil
  • 1 lb Minced Beef
  • 3 tbsp Mirin Alternative: Rice Cooking Wine
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Molasses Alternative: Dark Brown Sugar
  • 2 cups Beef Broth
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1.5 tsp Five Spice Seasoning
  • 2 Star Anise
  • 1 Bay Leaf


  • Slice and fry the shallots in 1 tbsp canola oil until brown and crispy. Set aside.
  •  Heat 1 tbsp of cooking oil and saute the beef, breaking up any large chunks, until nicely browned, 4 to 6 minutes.
  • Add all the other ingredients, minus the shallots, and bring to a boil. Once boiled, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • While the mixture is simmering, grind up the shallots using a food processor or mortar and pestle.
  • Add shallots to mixture and simmer another 20 minutes.
  • By the end of the 20 minutes, the liquid should have reduced to a thick sauce. If not, add a little cornstarch slurry to thicken.
  • Serve over white or brown rice with your favorite vegetables.

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