Chinese Beef Shin and Aubergine Hotpot

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Chinese Beef Shin and Aubergine Hotpot

Chinese Beef Shin and Aubergine Hotpot


Preparation: 10 minutes

Cooking: 3 hours

Ready in: 3 hours and 10 minutes

Variations: Substitute beef shin with short ribs

Servings: 6 to 8

Tips: This hotpot can be made ahead of time and reheated to serve.



2kg beef shin, bone in

5 star anise

1 cinnamon stick

Olive oil

4 cups chicken stock

1 cup soy sauce

2 Tbsp fish sauce

3 red chillies, deseeded and sliced

100g fresh ginger, peeled and sliced

1 Tbsp sugar

6 kaffir lime leaves

3 aubergines, halved and thickly sliced

Fresh coriander leaves, for garnish

Red chillies, sliced for garnish (optional)



1. Heat a large pot on a medium-high heat and dry fry the star anise and cinnamon stick until fragrant. Remove from the pot and set aside.

2. Pour a splash of olive oil to the pot and working in batches, add a few shin pieces at a time and fry until browned on both sides.

3. Add the chicken stock, soy sauce, fish sauce, chillies, ginger, sugar, kaffir leaves and toasted star anise and cinnamon stick to the pot and bring to the boil.

4. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 2 hours.

5. Remove the lid and use a spoon to skim off any fat that has risen to the surface.

6. Stir in the aubergines and cook uncovered for another hour until the beef is falling off the bone.

7. Garnish the hotpot with fresh coriander and chillies and serve with steamed rice.

Recipe developed and styled for Karan Beef’s Beef Easy app.

Photographed by Hendrik Steytler.

Food stylist Johannesburg, South Africa.