Chinese Five Spice Beef Soup with Bok Choy Recipe


  • 4 cloves garliclarge pieces, minced
  • 1 tablespoon gingerminced fresh
  • 1 1/2 pounds beef rib-eye steakor boneless short rib
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepperfreshly ground
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese five-spice powder
  • 3 cups beef stockor broth
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 12 ounces sweet potatolarge size, orange flesh
  • 1 pound baby bok choy
  • 2 carrotspeeled, ¼sliced on a bias
  • 1 cup red cabbagethinly sliced, about ¼ inch thick slices
  • 2 green onionsthinly sliced on a bias


  1. Trim fat from beef and cut across the grain into 1/4-inch thick slices, about 2 inches long, and 1 inch wide, discarding excess fat. Sprinkle meat with half of the minced garlic and ginger, salt and pepper, stir to combine.
  2. Heat oil in a large pot over high heat. Brown half the beef lightly, occasionally stirring, 3 to 4 minutes until just cooked, it is okay if the meat is still a little pink. With a slotted spoon, transfer meat to a bowl. Repeat with remaining beef. Cover cooked meat with plastic wrap and set aside.
  3. Reduce heat to medium. Add remaining minced garlic and ginger to the pot and cook until softened, about 30 seconds. Stir in five-spice powder, beef stock or broth and soy sauce. Peel sweet potato, halve lengthwise, and cut into 1/3-inch thick slices and add to the pot. Add peeled and chopped carrots to the pot. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat, and then reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, trim 3/4 inch off the ends of bok choy, separate leaves, and cut the larger outside leaves down the center to make two smaller pieces. Rinse and wash well. Stir bok choy and sliced red cabbage into the stew and simmer just until bok choy is wilted, about 2 minutes. Stir in beef and cook until hot, 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with sliced green onions.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 334                              Calories from Fat 162
                                                                 % Daily Value*
Fat 18g                                                                   28%
Saturated Fat 6g                                                30%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 40mg                                               13%
Sodium 692mg                                                    29%
Potassium 456mg                                               13%
Carbohydrates 27g                                               9%
Fiber 6g                                                                   24%
Sugar 7g                                                                     8%
Protein 17g                                                             34%
Vitamin A 20700IU                                           414%
Vitamin C 89.1mg                                              108%
Calcium 160mg                                                     16%
Iron 2.9mg                                                              16%

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