Simmered in Asian spices and wine, this luxurious Chinese-braised veal will be sure to wow the crowd with its tenderness and taste. For a quick fix, simply serve with rice and bok choy – we promise that’ll be all you need for a delicious meal!
- 2.2 kg cubed veal shoulder (or other stewing cut)
- 1¾ cup (350 g) medium-grain rice
- 500 g baby bok choy
- 2 tsps sesame oil
- 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
- ¼ cup (60 ml) rice wine vinegar
- ¼ cup (55 g) caster (superfine) sugar
- 2 green onions, sliced thickly
- ¼ cup fresh coriander leaves
- 1 orange (240 g)
- 8 green onions, halved
- 10 clove garlic, halved
- 75 g piece fresh ginger, sliced thinly lengthways
- 1½ cup (375 ml) light soy sauce
- 1.5 litre water
- 2 cups Chinese cooking wine (shao hsing)
- 10 star anise
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tsp sesame oil
Make Chinese stock. Using a vegetable peeler, peel wide strips of rind from orange. Combine rind with remaining ingredients in a large casserole.
Add veal to Chinese stock; bring to a simmer over low heat. Transfer to oven; cook, covered, 4½ hrs or until meat is very tender.
Strain mixture over a large heatproof bowl; reserve braising liquid. Remove and discard whole spices and rind from veal mixture; reserve veal.
Line another strainer with paper towel; place over another heatproof bowl. Add reserved braising liquid to strainer a ladleful at a time, changing paper as needed until you have 1.75 litres (7 cups) clarified (clear) stock. Reserve 1½ cups for this recipe (freeze remaining stock for another use). The stock will taste quite salty at this stage but will be balanced in flavour once the vinegar and sugar are added in step 7.
Cook rice according to directions on packet. Steam or microwave bok choy; toss in sesame oil and seeds while hot.
Meanwhile, place reserved clarified stock with vinegar and sugar in a large frying pan over high heat; bring to the boil. Boil for 10 mins or until syrupy. Reduce heat, add reserved veal; cook, stirring, until veal is well coated in dark syrupy mixture.
Serve rice, bok choy and veal in bowls, topped with green onion and coriander.