Shui Zhu Beef (Sichuan Boiled Beef)

Learn how to make hot and numbing Sichuan style water boiled beef (Shui Zhu Niu Rou) at home. Sichuan style water boiled beef is one of my favorite dishes in restaurants. If you ever tasted it in China, you will crazily love the tenderness of the beef slices and shocked by how well they are flavored in the hot and red broth. “Water boiling” (水煮) is a unique cooking method originated in Sichuan cuisine. Of course, delicious beef slices cannot be achieved via “cooking in water”. The meat (fish, pork and beef) is well coated with a “protection shell” made from water and starch. This special layer of shell, on one hand, prevents the beef from being spoiled by the hot broth and on the other hand helps to keep the juice inside. Another surprise of the dish, in addition to the beef slice, is the vegetables at the bottom. They can absorb enough flavor form the broth, even though they are not boiled in the broth directly. Popular options about bottom vegetables are cabbage, bean sprouts, celery, mushrooms and lettuce head. Instructions Cut beef steak into thin slices against the grains. Transfer to a bowl, add pinch of salt, white pepper, sugar, light soy sauce and oyster sauce. Mix well until all the sauces are absorbed. Then add 1 egg white and combine well. Then add 2 tablespoons of starch (recommend using sweet potato starch). Mix well. Heat 12 to 20 dried chili peppers with 1 tablespoon of Sichuan peppercorn in wok until slightly aromatic.  (place peppers firstly and then Sichuan peppercorn) Move out, cool down and then roughly chop. Bring a large pot of water to a boiling and then blanch the celery and mushrooms for minute. Transfer out and place at the bottom of serving bowl. In a wok, add 2 tablespoon of oil, fry doubanjiang and hot pot seasoning if you are using with slow fire until the red turns red, then add ginger, scallion sections, garlic, fry for 1 minute until aromatic too.  Then place 1/3 of the chili peppers and Sichuan peppercorn we prepared in the first step.  Then pour hot water and let it simmer for 5-8 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon of oil in the marinated beef and mix them again to make sure they are evenly coated. Turn up fire and add the pork slices in and cook until the broth begin to boil again. Wait for around 20 to 30 seconds and transfer them out immediately. Pour the sauce until the container is almost full. Heat up around 2 tablespoons of cooking oil again in small pot. Evenly pour the oil on the surface of the serving bowl. Be careful during the process; do not get burnt! 4.75 from 4 votes Shui Zhu Beef (Sichuan Boiled Beef) Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time 20 mins Total Time 35 mins Spicy and numbing Sichuan style hot beef slices Course: Main Course Cuisine: Sichuan cuisine Keyword: Beef Servings: 3 serving with steamed rice Calories: 392 kcal Author: Elaine Ingredients celery and oyster mushrooms , for the bottom Beef marinating 200 g beef steak or tenderloin , cut into thin slices, against the grain pinch of salt dash white pepper 1 tbsp. light soy sauce 1 tbsp. oyster sauce , or slightly more if needed. 1 egg white 2 tbsp. sweet potato starch , or cornstarch 刀口辣椒 chopped pepper and peppercorn Soup base 4 green onions , white part cut into 2cm long and green pert chopped 2 tbsp. Doubajiang or half doubanjiang half hot pot soup base 4 tbsp. cooking oil , divided 4 garlic cloves , finely chopped and keep half for garnishing 1 thumb ginger , finely chopped Coriander and green onion for garnishing 1 tbsp. light soy sauce 1 L hot water Instructions Cut beef steak into thin slices against the grains. Transfer to a bowl, add pinch of salt, white pepper, sugar, light soy sauce and oyster sauce. Mix well until all the sauces are absorbed. Then add 1 egg white and combine well

Shui Zhu Beef (Sichuan Boiled Beef)

Learn how to make hot and numbing Sichuan style water boiled beef (Shui Zhu Niu Rou) at home. Sichuan style water boiled beef is one of my favorite dishes in restaurants. If you ever tasted it in China, you will crazily love the tenderness of the beef slices and shocked by how well they are flavored in the hot and red broth.

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“Water boiling” (水煮) is a unique cooking method originated in Sichuan cuisine. Of course, delicious beef slices cannot be achieved via “cooking in water”. The meat (fish, pork and beef) is well coated with a “protection shell” made from water and starch. This special layer of shell, on one hand, prevents the beef from being spoiled by the hot broth and on the other hand helps to keep the juice inside.

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Another surprise of the dish, in addition to the beef slice, is the vegetables at the bottom. They can absorb enough flavor form the broth, even though they are not boiled in the broth directly. Popular options about bottom vegetables are cabbage, bean sprouts, celery, mushrooms and lettuce head.

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Instructions

Cut beef steak into thin slices against the grains. Transfer to a bowl, add pinch of salt, white pepper, sugar, light soy sauce and oyster sauce. Mix well until all the sauces are absorbed. Then add 1 egg white and combine well. Then add 2 tablespoons of starch (recommend using sweet potato starch). Mix well.

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Heat 12 to 20 dried chili peppers with 1 tablespoon of Sichuan peppercorn in wok until slightly aromatic.  (place peppers firstly and then Sichuan peppercorn) Move out, cool down and then roughly chop.

Bring a large pot of water to a boiling and then blanch the celery and mushrooms for minute. Transfer out and place at the bottom of serving bowl.

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In a wok, add 2 tablespoon of oil, fry doubanjiang and hot pot seasoning if you are using with slow fire until the red turns red, then add ginger, scallion sections, garlic, fry for 1 minute until aromatic too.  Then place 1/3 of the chili peppers and Sichuan peppercorn we prepared in the first step.  Then pour hot water and let it simmer for 5-8 minutes.

Add 1 teaspoon of oil in the marinated beef and mix them again to make sure they are evenly coated. Turn up fire and add the pork slices in and cook until the broth begin to boil again. Wait for around 20 to 30 seconds and transfer them out immediately. Pour the sauce until the container is almost full.

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Heat up around 2 tablespoons of cooking oil again in small pot. Evenly pour the oil on the surface of the serving bowl. Be careful during the process; do not get burnt!

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4.75 from 4 votes

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Shui Zhu Beef (Sichuan Boiled Beef)

Prep Time

15 mins

Cook Time

20 mins

Total Time

35 mins

Spicy and numbing Sichuan style hot beef slices

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Sichuan cuisine

Keyword: Beef

Servings: 3 serving with steamed rice

Calories: 392 kcal

Author: Elaine

Ingredients

  • celery and oyster mushrooms , for the bottom

Beef marinating

  • 200 g beef steak or tenderloin , cut into thin slices, against the grain
  • pinch of salt
  • dash white pepper
  • 1 tbsp. light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. oyster sauce , or slightly more if needed.
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tbsp. sweet potato starch , or cornstarch

刀口辣椒 chopped pepper and peppercorn

Soup base

  • 4 green onions , white part cut into 2cm long and green pert chopped
  • 2 tbsp. Doubajiang or half doubanjiang half hot pot soup base
  • 4 tbsp. cooking oil , divided
  • 4 garlic cloves , finely chopped and keep half for garnishing
  • 1 thumb ginger , finely chopped
  • Coriander and green onion for garnishing
  • 1 tbsp. light soy sauce
  • 1 L hot water

Instructions

  1. Cut beef steak into thin slices against the grains. Transfer to a bowl, add pinch of salt, white pepper, sugar, light soy sauce and oyster sauce. Mix well until all the sauces are absorbed. Then add 1 egg white and combine well. Then add 2 tablespoons of starch (recommend using sweet potato starch). Mix well.

  2. Heat 12 to 20 dried chili peppers with slow fire for half minute and then add 1 tablespoon of Sichuan peppercorn in wok until slightly aromatic. Move out, cool down and then roughly chop.

  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boiling and then blanch the celery and mushrooms for minute. Transfer out and place at the bottom of serving bowl.

  4. In a wok, add 2 tablespoon of oil, fry doubanjiang and hot pot seasoning if you are using with slow fire until the red turns red, then add ginger, scallion sections, garlic, fry for 1 minute until aromatic too.  Then place 1/3 of the chili peppers and Sichuan peppercorn we prepared in the first step.  Then pour hot water and let it simmer for 5-8 minutes.

  5. Add 1 teaspoon of oil in the marinated beef and mix them again to make sure they are evenly coated. Turn up fire and add the pork slices in and cook until the broth begin to boil again. Wait for around 20 to 30 seconds and transfer them out immediately. Pour the sauce until the container is almost full.

  6. Lay garlic, green onion and chili pepper prepared in step 2.Heat up around 2 tablespoons of cooking oil again in small pot. Evenly pour the oil on the surface of the serving bowl. Be careful during the process; do not get burnt! Serve hot!!

Recipe Notes

You can sprinkle some ground Sichuan peppercorn if you love the numbing feeling.

Nutrition Facts

Shui Zhu Beef (Sichuan Boiled Beef)

Amount Per Serving

Calories 392 Calories from Fat 270

% Daily Value*

Fat 30g46%

Saturated Fat 6g38%

Trans Fat 1g

Cholesterol 41mg14%

Sodium 743mg32%

Potassium 391mg11%

Carbohydrates 17g6%

Fiber 3g13%

Sugar 2g2%

Protein 17g34%

Vitamin A 727IU15%

Vitamin C 5mg6%

Calcium 53mg5%

Iron 2mg11%

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

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