Special Diet - Created Date : 16.8.2019

Braised Beef – Filipino/Chinese style

Braised Beef – Filipino/Chinese style

Braised Beef – Filipino/Chinese style

Get this simple recipe for braised beef for that savory-sweet tender chunks of beef that is rich in flavor and spices. This is a Filipino-Chinese version of braised beef similar to Chowking’s.

The first thing that pops into my mind, when I think of braised beef, is “Chowking”. It is a favorite Filipino-Chinese fast-food restaurant among Filipinos (myself included).

My favorite dish to order is their famous braised beef rice topping accompanied by Kangkong with bagoong (water spinach with shrimp paste) and hot soup (which used to be free but is now sold for a minimal amount of Php5 last time I was there).

So I guess,you can say that this is my attempt at replicating Chowking’s braised beef rice topping.

What is braising?

To quote Wikipedia: ” Braising (from the French word, “braiser”) is a combination-cooking method that uses both moist and dry heats: typically, the food is first seared at a high temperature, then finished in a covered pot at a lower temperature while sitting in some amount of liquid (which may also add flavor)”.

I saw some recipes for braised beef in the net requiring so many different spices and seasonings but I just stick to the basics, like star anise and cloves, and it was enough to do the trick.

Braising Vs. Roasting Vs. Stewing

Braising is a cooking technique that uses both moist and dry heat. Meat is first seared, wherein high heat is applied to the meat to brown the surfaces to build flavor. You can do it using a very hot pan or a grill. Liquid is then added during the second phase and temperature is turned to low and meat is to be cooked until it becomes tender and flavorful.

Roasting, on the other hand, uses only dry heat. It could be an open fire or oven. When you roast, you want to brown the surface of the food or meat to enhance the flavor. Typically, basting the meat with liquid or sauce throughout the roasting process is also done to increase the flavor.

Stewing is similar to braising, both use the low and slow way of cooking. However, unlike in braising where a little amount of liquid is needed, stewing requires that the meat and/or vegetables are fully submerged in the liquid.

What cuts to use for braised beef?

Braising is ideal for tenderizing tough cuts of meat that are also normally less expensive than the prime cuts. These are usually the parts of the cow that work harder, therefore the muscles and connective tissues are stronger.

With braising, the slow cooking part helps tenderize these muscles and tissues as it cooks for a long time at low temperature. The result is flavorful, fork-tender beef!


Heat oil in a pot over medium heat. Then saute garlic and onion until slightly tender. Add the chunk of beef and sear the meat in hot oil on all sides, about 5-7 minutes total.

Add the rest of the ingredients except for the carrots, cornstarch and spring onions and bring to a simmer, cover pot with lid and turn the heat to low. Let it cook for 40-50 minutes or until the meat is fork tender. You may need to add some water if beef is not yet tender at this point.

Stir in the carrots and cornstarch mixture and boil the sauce for about 5 minutes or until reduced and becomes thick.

Serve on top of steamy rice bowls and garnish with some chopped spring onions.

Nutrition Facts

Braised Beef

Amount Per Serving

Calories 409Calories from Fat 189

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 21g32%

Saturated Fat 4g20%

Cholesterol 93mg31%

Sodium 1509mg63%

Potassium 754mg22%

Total Carbohydrates 20g7%

Dietary Fiber 2g8%

Sugars 11g

Protein 35g70%

Vitamin A143.4%

Vitamin C7.1%



* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Bebs here! I love to cook and try new things and DIY projects! And although I think of myself as a homebody, I like seeing other places from time to time.

If you are looking for a recipe and it ain't here, make a request and I will try my best to make it for you!

Thank you Bebs for posting this! I got a pack of beef but just as I suspected, the meat needed tenderizing (might be from the tough working muscles of the cow). I boiled the meat for at least two hours and reserved the broth, which I swapped for one cup of water.

Hope to bump into you someday and maybe we can share cooking recipes together.


Monica (Germany & Sweden)

Hello! I will try this…

You look like my high school teacher, pretty chef ??

Thank you for your recipes… I’m just looking for some recipe for the chewy Kutsinta and found your blog, haven’t tried it yet hehehe

more power and more recipes ??

I found the recipe for the braised beef in your blog, it was awesome as I was feeling a bit homesick for this type of dishes, and good thing I found this online! When I was young I really enjoyed the “chowking” braised beef and I must say this recipe hits the spot, thank you for providing this recipe! More power to you Bebs!

PS. I was wondering what if I only have ground cloves? How much do I put in?

i’m a big fan of your blog now, because i have found this recipe of yours! ??

i have a shortcut icon of your website on my desktop, so when i feel like being

“Chef-y” for the hubby or him wanting to cook “Filo” foods, that he had grown to love (he’s Maori from New Zealand) your recipes are just a click away..

It’s true that food brings people together.. Thanks Bebs, for sharing your talent to the rest of us.. Wishing you the best of everything.. xoxo

The Best Healthy Fast Food Options

Fast-food stores are plentiful and fast food has the reputation of being unhealthy, while an increasing number of large chains are adding more nutritious options to their menus.

Sockets that allow more customization of orders tend to have lower calorie or more feeder selections. However, there are currently healthy options on the menu of the largest fast-food chains.

In this article, we'll look at the overall calorie, fat and saturated fat content to find some of the healthiest options that seven big fast-food chains have to offer.

Note, however, that calories and fat are only two aspects of how healthy a meal is fed. If a person eats only fast food, it is not possible to get the necessary nutrients such as vitamins and fiber.

1. Subway

Sandwich with cheese and vegetables

One person can customize Subway sandwiches to choose healthy fillings.

Metro specialize in deli style sandwiches or "sub". As a person can customize every "sub", Subway can be one of the healthiest healthy fast-food chains.

Some of the best sandwich options are on the Subway's Fresh Fit menu. The 6-inch Turkey Breast sandwich with nine wheat bread contains 250 calories and 3 grams of fat, including 0.5 g of saturated fat.

A healthy vegetarian option, Veggie Delite in nine wheat bread. This "bottom" contains only 2 g calories, does not contain 2 g total fat and saturated fat. It also has one of the lowest sodium levels (salt) compared to other sandwiches.

Subway also offers salads that can be a low-calorie alternative to a sandwich. All salads include lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, onions, cucumbers, green peppers and olives.

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2. Taco Bell

Taco Bell is another great fast-food chain with a variety of healthy options. The ability to personalize each order allows people to choose more vegetable-like nutrients.

According to Taco Bell's website, three-quarters of its menus are under 500 calories. Some of the lowest calorie options are the Fresco menu, which uses regular sauce and cheese instead of vegetable based salsa.

One of the healthiest options is Chicken Soft Taco. Each taco contains about 170 calories, 8 g fat, containing only 3 g of saturated fat.

Bean Burrito is a vegetarian option containing 11 g fat, 380 calories, including 4 g of saturated fat.

3. Chipotle

Vegetable burritos

Vegetarian options are lower in fat than meat options.

Chipotle is a Mexican-style chain that specializes in tacos and burritos. Similar to Subway and Taco Bell, Chipotle allows people to customize their meals to include healthy choices.

Healthy options are burritos or white rice instead of white rice. In a chicken bowl bowl containing fresh tomato salsa and brown rice, there are 415 calories, 13 g fat and 4 g saturated fat.

For a lower calorie, vegetarian option, people can choose a plate of bean curd, brown rice and a sofritas patty with lettuce. It contains 365 calories, 10 g fat and 1.5 g saturated fat. Adding sauce will increase the number of calories.

4. McDonald's

McDonald's had the reputation of being unhealthy, but they recently reaffirmed themselves to offer a variety of fresh and nutritious ingredients. Some of these changes may be cosmetics, while McDonald's has better options.

Fillet-O-Fish contains 390 calories and 4 g of saturated fat from 19 g of total fat. Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken Salad contains only 320 calories and 6 g of saturated fat from a total of 14 g.

5. Burger King

Burger King is one of the largest burger chains in the United States, but has a limited number of healthy options. But some choices are a little healthier than others.

It contains a normal, simple hamburger, 10 g total fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, and 240 calories. Grilled Chicken Sandwich contains 470 calories, 3.5 g saturated fat and 19 g fat.

BK Veggie Burger can be a healthier option among these examples. Contains 2,5 g of saturated fat, 390 calories and 17 g of fat.

6. Wendy

Baked potato with knife, sour cream and cheese filling on plate

Baked potatoes can be a healthy fast-food option.

Wendy is another common fast-food chain that allows people to personalize their orders to make their choices healthier.

The menu of the chain is not abundant in healthy options, but some meals are able to customize to lower the calorie content.

Salads are also available, and if a person chooses some of the half-size salad choices, they can stay below 500 calories.

With a few vegetarian options at Wendy's, Sour Cream and Chive Baked Potatoes

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