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Instant Pot Chinese Beef Stew

Recipe developed by Amy + Jacky

Make this Popular Classic Hong Kong Comfort Food: Instant Pot Chinese Beef Stew aka Chinese Beef Brisket Stew with Beef Tendon & Daikon (Chinese: 柱侯蘿蔔牛筋腩). Easy dinner your family will enjoy! :)
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine Asian, Chinese, Hong Kong
Keyword beef brisket stew, beef tendon, cantonese beef recipes, chinese beef brisket, chinese beef recipes, chinese beef stew, hong kong beef brisket, instant pot beef recipes, instant pot chinese beef stew, instant pot recipes, instapot chinese beef stew, pressure cooker chinese beef stew, 柱侯蘿蔔牛筋腩
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Calories 301kcal


  • 2 - 2.5 pounds (1068g) beef finger meat (Chinese: 牛坑腩)
  • 1 pound (454g) beef tendons (Chinese: 牛筋)
  • 1 - 1.5 pound (600g) large daikon
  • 4 (20g) sliced ginger , crushed
  • 6 (26g) garlic cloves , crushed
  • 1 (12g) shallot , chopped
  • 3 stalks green onions separate white from green part
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock or water
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine

Chu Hou Sauce


  • 3 tablespoons (27g) cornstarch
  • 4 tablespoons (60ml) cold water


  • Prepare Ingredients:

    Prepare Chenpi: Rehydrate the chenpi by soaking it with cold water for 15 minutes. Use a spoon to scrub off chenpi's white bitter part.
    Prepare Beef Tendons: For uncooked beef tendons - pressure cook tendons with a cup of cold water in Instant Pot at High Pressure for 1 hour & 15 minutes + Natural Release. Discard the cooking liquid. Rinse the cooked tendons under cold running tap water. Cut tendons into smaller pieces, then remove some of the fat if desired.
    *Pro Tip: Try to buy pre-cooked beef tendons to simplify the cooking process. Both chenpi or tendons are optional. So omit if you can't find them.
  • Brown Beef Finger Meat: Heat up Instant Pot using Sauté More function. Wait until it says HOT (~8 mins). Pat dry the beef finger meat. Drizzle the inner pot with 1 tbsp peanut oil or olive oil. Then, brown 2 sides of the beef for 3 minutes per side in Instant Pot (may have to brown in two separate batches). Set aside browned beef.
  • Saute Ginger & Garlic: Add crushed garlic cloves, sliced ginger, chopped shallot, and white part of green onions in Instant Pot. Saute until fragrant (~2 mins). While the ginger and garlic are being sauteed, quickly cut the beef into stew-size pieces.
  • Deglaze: Add pre-cooked tendon pieces and browned beef pieces (with all the meat juices) in Instant Pot. Give it a few quick mixes. Pour in 1 tbsp Shaoxing wine (or dry sherry wine/water) and completely deglaze the bottom of the pot.
  • Make Chu Hou Sauce: Add 3 tbsp (45ml) chu hou paste, 1 tbsp (15ml) regular soy sauce, 1 tbsp (15ml) dark soy sauce, 2 tsp (12ml) oyster sauce, 3 star anises, 2 tsp (10g) rock sugar or white sugar, and a piece of chenpi in Instant Pot. Give it a quick mix so all the ingredients are infused with the paste. Add in daikon chunks, 1 cup (250ml) unsalted chicken stock, and a pinch of salt. Give it another quick mix. Ensure all the beef are partially submerged into the sauce.
  • Pressure Cook Chinese Beef Stew:

    Option 1 - Super Soft Daikon: Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 25 minutes (beef with some chew) - 32 minutes (melt-in-your-mouth beef), then 15 minutes Natural Release.
    Option 2 - Perfectly Cooked Daikon: Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 10 minutes + Quick Release to set aside the Daikon; then Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 12 minutes (beef with some chew) - 18 minutes (melt-in-your-mouth beef) + 15 minutes Natural Release.
  • Thicken & Season: Bring the beef stew sauce to a simmer with the "Saute" button. In a small mixing bowl, mix cornstarch with water, then mix it in one third at a time until desired thickness. Taste and adjust seasoning by adding more salt. For reference, we added 2 large pinches of salt in the end.
  • Serve: Add beef finger meat, beef tendons, and daikon to a serving bowl. Drizzle with the yummy flavorsome chu hou sauce. Enjoy!~ :)


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Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 396mg | Potassium: 792mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 24.8mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 3.7mg

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