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Hi Everyone –

I’m thrilled to introduce Tiana Matson, author of the delicious blog Yum of China. She has generously shared her recipe for a mouth-watering Chinese dish known as Spicy Steak Claypot. Her directions are easy to follow so don’t fret if you’ve never made Chinese dishes before. She has also taken many pictures of the cooking process to help you along the way. Note: this recipe uses a claypot and rock sugar. Both can be found online on Amazon –  Claypots Rock Sugar


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Spicy Steak Claypot

The people of southern China are known for their love of rice dishes. They have created many different ways to serve and use rice, including the ever popular claypot dishes. The most common rice dishes are of course, plain rice and porridge. However, the variations of and the foods rice can accompany are too many to count. For example, rice can be ground into flour and made into cakes, noodles and pancakes to name a few.

In my opinion, Fujian and Guangdong in the southern region of China are the most noted for their rice dishes. Guangdong is famous for its delicious claypot dishes, and Liang for its rice porridge dishes. Fujian rice-based snacks are numerous and include well-loved items like the steamed layer cake and shrimp dishes.

Rice is a magical ingredient – plain and overlooked, but sorely missed when you go a few days without it! It’s one of my all-time favorite foods and I don’t think I could live without it. Whether it is served with braised, boiled or fried foods, I like rice any way it comes.

My spicy steak claypot is a combination of braised spicy steak and Cantonese style claypot. Stewed for a couple of hours, the braised steak is finished off in the claypot that the rice is cooked in and then served in the same dish.

Claypots are used frequently in Chinese cooking. Because claypots are able to maintain heat and reach high temperatures, the spicy flavors of the steak are released into the rice as the temperature in the claypot rises. After the steak is cooked, the vegetables are added to the claypot and topped with a delicious soy-based sauce.

With one spoonful of aromatic rice wrapped in spicy steak and drenched with a savory-sweet sauce, you’ll experience a medley of Chinese flavors. The best bite awaits you at the end. At the bottom of the claypot  will be a layer of crisp, fragrant rice which you can eat up right away or add to soup for another meal if you prefer.

So lets get on with making this awesome claypot dish. Here’s what you’ll need:


300 g beef ribs

2 slices of ginger

2 garlic cloves

1 tablespoon chili sauce

1 cinnamon stick

1 star anise

2 bay leaves

6 teaspoons light soy sauce

2 teaspoons dark soy sauce

1 tablespoon oyster sauce

1 teaspoon sesame oil

8 pieces of rock sugar

500 ml water

200 ml cooking wine

1 small Chinese lettuce or cabbage

1 green onion

300 g rice

350 ml water

green onions extra for garnish



Step 1

Soak the rice in a bowl of water for 1 hour. The water should come to about 1 – 2cm above the top of the rice.

Step 2

Rinse the beef ribs and place in a bowl.

Step 3

Boil up a pot of enough water to blanch the ribs.

Step 4

Put the ribs into the boiling water for 20 seconds and fish out with a skimmer.

Step 5

Chop the ginger, peel the garlic cloves, and collect the star anise, cinnamon stick, and bay leaves.

Step 6

Pour a small amount of cooking oil into the pan and spread it over the entire surface with a wooden shovel.

Step 7

Sauté the ginger and garlic in the pan for a minute or so, and then add the ribs in a single layer. If you have too many ribs to cook in a single layer, do this in two batches. Too much meat in the pan at once will lower the temperature and ‘stew’ the meat.

Step 8

Stir fry the beef ribs until they brown to a nice golden color.

Step 9

Add the 100ml of the cooking wine to the pan and simmer until all the wine is evaporated and absorbed by the meat.

Step 10

Then add the other 100 ml of cooking wine. When the wine comes to the boil, add the 500 ml of water.

Step 11

Toss in the star anise, cinnamon stick, and bay leaves.

Step 12

Add 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce, 4 tablespoons of light soy sauce, and the rock sugar.

Step 13

Turn the heat up and bring the mixture to the boil. Simmer on low for 1 hour.

Step 14

Add the red pepper sauce and continue to simmer on low a further 30-40 minutes.

Step 15

After this time, the sauce will reduce to almost dry and be full of flavor. Transfer meat to a clean bowl and set aside.

Step 16

Rinse the soaked rice thoroughly, drain and tip it into the claypot.

Step 17

Add 350 ml of water to the rice with 1 teaspoon of sesame oil.

Step 18

Cover and simmer until the rice is almost cooked (this when there is still a little water that remains in the rice).

Step 19

Just before the rice is completely cooked, spoon the spicy steak on top of about half the rice and continue to cook.

Step 20

Make the Sauce

Mix the remaining 2 tablespoons of light soy sauce, and the oyster sauce together in a bowl.

Step 21

Wash the Chinese lettuce leaves and blanch them quickly in boiling water. Pop them on top of the rice next to the beef and pour the sauce over the lot.

Step 22

Throw a little chopped green onion on the beef and give it a good mix!



You can also use pork ribs or your favorite meat in this recipe.


Hearty and filling traditional claypot is the perfect comfort food for those chilly winter days. My Spicy Steak Claypot will warm you up!


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