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Luo Bo Niu Nan {Cantonese Beef Brisket}

A traditional Cantonese Style Beef Brisket with Daikon Radish

by Shirley
Luo Bo Niu Nan {Beef Brisket and Daikon Radish}

Luo Bo Niu Nan {萝卜牛腩}, or Beef Brisket and Daikon Radish is a classic Cantonese dish featuring beef with vegetables. A popular Chinese restaurant takeout item in the west, Cantonese Beef Brisket with Daikon Radish boasts soft delicious beef brisket braised together with daikon radish in a naturally yummy broth. Add this to a bed of freshly steamed rice or bowl of noodle soup for a satisfying meal.

Luo Bo Niu Nan {Beef Brisket and Daikon Radish}

How to make Cantonese Beef Brisket and Daikon Radish yummy, easy and healthy?

Tip No.1 is to prepare a naturally tasty seasoning package for Luo Bo Niu Nan

As expected, the three primary Chinese cooking herbs, i.e., green onion, ginger, and garlic cloves complement the beef so well. Shaoxing wine and soy sauce are there to further tenderize and flavor the beef wonderfully.

For the spices, star anise, cinnamon, black pepper, Sichuan chili powder, and bay leaves, all in powder form, except for the bay leaves, work magically together to create this sensational flavor and taste. A pinch of sugar just to make the flavor pop.

Cantonese Beef Brisket with Daikon Radish Ingredients

Cut green onion, garlic, and ginger into small pieces. Mix and blend the spices together. Mix the light soy sauce and Shaoxing wine well together.

Prepare the seasoning for Luo Bo Niu Nan {Beef Brisket

Tip No.2 is to sear Beef Brisket before braising

Beef Brisket is a cut of meat from the lower chest of beef, featuring lean muscle meat surrounded by a sheet of connective tissue collagen. The slow cooking breaks down and softens the connective tissue nicely. This, coupled with the contrasting lean muscle meat, makes the Beef Brisket extremely yummy.

The first thing first is to cut the beef brisket into bite-size chunks and soak it in the cold water for about 30 minutes before cooking to get rid of the trapped blood. Rinse a a couple of times and pat dry with a paper towl.

By the way, beef brisket is tough to cut because of the connective tissue collagen. Use a Chinese butcher cleaver coupled with a thick hardwood cutting board to chop the beef brisket. Or you can ask your butcher to do that for you.

Beef Brisket soaked in cold water

A cast iron dutch oven or large clay pot is great for cooking Cantonese Beef Brisket and Daikon Radish for their superor capabilities of retening heat. Turn the heat to medium, heat a cast iron dutch oven for 1 minute, and then add the chopped green onion and ginger, along with the beef brisket chunks.

Nonstop flip and turn the beef brisket and cook for about 4 minutes. Sprinkle the spice mix over the beef brisket and flip and turn for another about 3 minutes.

Following that, pour the soy sauce and Shaoxing wine mixture over the beef brisket in a circular motion, and continue to flip and turn for about 4 minutes.

Sear Beef Brisket in the dutch ovenutch

Tip No.3 is to blanch daikon radish first before braising

Fill a 4 Qt stockpot with water and bring it to a boil. Add the daikon radish bite-size strips and bring it to a boil again.

Blanching Daikon Radish in a stockpot

Tip No.4 is to slow cook beef brisket first and then add daikon radish and continue the slow cook

Patience is the key here. Simmer beef brisket for 1.5 hours, and then add daikon radish and simmer for another 1.5 hours.

Luo Bo Niu Nan {Beef Brisket and Daikon Radish}

Last but not least is use medium-high heat to wrap up the cooking

Following 3 hours of simmering, turn the heat to medium-high, mix everything well in the dutch oven and cook for 10 minutes. It is a typical Chinese cooking technique that we simmer or slow cook the food to soften them from the inside out and then uses medium-high heat to caramelize the outside and thicken the broth a little bit at the same time.

All done! Enjoy a super delicious Cantonese Luo Bo Niu Nan {Beef Brisket with Daikon Radish}.

Luo Bo Niu Nan {Beef Brisket and Daikon Radish}
Luo Bo Niu Nan {Beef Brisket and Daikon Radish}

Luo Bo Niu Nan {Cantonese Style Beef Brisket with Daikon Radish} Recipe

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes

Luo Bo Niu Nan {萝卜牛腩}, or Beef Brisket and Daikon Radish is a classic Cantonese dish. A popular Chinese restaurant takeout item in the west, Cantonese Beef Brisket with Daikon Radish features soft delicious beef brisket braised together with daikon radish in a naturally yummy broth.

Ingredients

  • 2 lb Beef Brisket
  • 1.2 lb Daikon Radish
  • 2 tbsp Shaoxing wine
  • 2 tbsp Light Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Naturally aged soy sauce, or dark soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp star anise powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 tsp Sichuan chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp cane sugar, organic unrefined preferred
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • A small piece of ginger, about 8 g, thinly sliced
  • 2 stalks of green onion, chopped
  • 6 cups of boiling water

Instructions

Prep Work:

  • Gather ingredients.
  • Cut the beef brisket into bite-size chunks and soak them in cold water for about 20 minutes. Rinse a few times and pat dry.
    Beef Brisket soaked in cold water
  • Cut ginger and garlic into thin slices, and chop the green onion into small pieces.
  • Wash and rinse daikon radish well, peel using a peeler, and then cut into long bite-size pieces. Mix the spice well together.
    Prepare the seasoning for Luo Bo Niu Nan {Beef Brisket
  • Fill a stockpot with water, cover the pot with a lid and bring to a boil. Add the Daikon Radish, cover the pot with a lid, and wait for it to reach a boil again.
  • Turn off the heat, remove the Daikon radish from the stockpot using a stainless steel skimmer and set it aside.
    Blanching Daikon Radish in a stockpot
  • Use a kettle or stockpot to boil some hot water. We will need 6 cups.

Sear the Beef Brisket:

  • Turn the heat to medium and heat a dutch oven for 1 minute and then add green onion, and ginger along with the beef brisket. Flip, turn, and cook for about 4 minutes.
    sear beef brisket with green onion and ginger in the dutch oven
  • Sprinkle the spice mixture over the beef brisket and continue to flip, turn and cook for another 3 minutes or so.
    Sear Beef Brisket in the dutch ovenutch
  • Pour the soy sauce and Shaoxing wine mixture over the beef brisket in a circular motion and continue to flip, turn and cook for another 3 minutes or so.
    Sear Beef Brisket with seasoning

Simmer the Beef Brisket with Daikon Radish:

  • Add 6 cups of boiling water, mix everything well in the dutch oven, cover it with the lid, and wait for the whole thing to reach a boil again. About 5 minutes.
    Slow cooking Beef Brisket in the dutch oven
  • Turn the heat to simmer and cook for 1.5 hours. Stir and mix well everything in the dutch oven every 30 minutes.
    Slow cooking Beef Brisket in the dutch oven
  • Add the daikon radish, fold them into the beef and broth, cover the pot with the lid and simmer for 1.5 hours. Stir and mix well everything in the dutch oven every 30 minutes. The lid remains covered during the simmering process.
    slow cook daikon radish with beef brisket in the dutch oven
  • Use a bamboo spatula to mix everything well in the dutch oven, turn the heat to medium-high, cover with the lid and cook for the last 10 minutes.
    Slow cook beef brisket with daikon radish in the dutch oven
  • All done! Enjoy a naturally delicious Luo Bo Niu Nan.
    Luo Bo Niu Nan {Beef Brisket and Daikon Radish}

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 475Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 160mgSodium: 754mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 45g

Nutrition calculation is provided by Nutritionix to the best knowledge per ingredients description and isn't always accurate.

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