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Beef with Chinese Water Chestnuts Stew

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Chinese braises, stews or casseroles, also known as red cooking, meaning braising in light and dark soy sauce, is a very popular way of cooking. Especially during the colder seasons of the year, braises, stews or casseroles is a perfect comfort food for all. Water chestnuts are often a favourite ingredient used together with either, chicken, beef or pork. My gluten free stew recipe is a simple dish that include beef, Chinese water chestnuts and shiitake mushrooms braised in sauce made of dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, Worchester sauce, medium dry sherry, ground white pepper and salt, spiced with star anise and cloves, then seasoned with garlic and onion. This recipe is dairy free, nut free and egg free.


Beef and Chinese Water Chestnuts Stew



Beef and Chinese Water Chestnuts Stew GF


Chinese water chestnuts (botanical name: Eleocharis dulcis), are edible rhizomes that are a member of the sedge family of Cyperaceae. They are native to China and are cultivated widely in flooded paddy fields in southern China. These tubers or corms are white, juicy and have a crunchy, nutty flavour that is tasty and an exceptionally well-liked ingredient in Chinese and Southeast Asian cuisines. There are many ways of eating these Chinese water chestnuts, they can be eaten raw, sweetened, boiled, grilled, pickled, canned and added to many dishes like soups, stews, in salads, as stuffings and in stir-fries to give the dish a crispy texture. In Chinese cuisines, these water chestnuts are often ground into flour utilised for cooking water chestnut cake, a regular dim sum dish served at Chinese Yum Cha restaurants. Eventhough they are called water chestnuts, they are not nuts and are an aquatic root vegetable cultivated in marshes.

The tubers or corms of Chinese water chestnuts are rich in carbohydrates, it is also a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B6, potassium, copper, manganese and phosphorus. Health benefits of water chestnuts include anti-bacterial, antiviral, anticancer and antioxidant properties due to its polyphenolic and flavonoid antioxidants; effective treatment for diarrhoea, jaundice, urine infection, and relief from cough. Water chestnuts also support healthy skin, hair, muscle and central nervous system.


Gluten Free Beef and Chinese Water Chestnuts Stew



GF Beef & Chinese Water Chestnuts Stew

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4 Responses

  1. Stunning photographs!!! I LOVE beef in chicnese dishes. This is makingmy mouth water :)

    • daphnegoh
      | Reply

      Thanks Emma. Beef is really tasty in Chinese dishes! ☺

  2. Prateek
    | Reply

    This looks like a great healthy recipe. Didn’t know chestnuts were so healthy for you.Will definitely try this recipe out!

    • daphnegoh
      | Reply

      This is a really delicious and healthy recipe. Enjoy the recipe! :)

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