Inspiring vegetarian recipes
Try our vibrant veggie dishes, from meat-free lasagne to vegetable curry and vegetarian chilli
Heat the oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Pat dry the ox cheeks with kitchen paper, trim away any sinew or fat and season with salt. Heat the oil in a casserole and sear the ox cheeks in batches for 3-4 minutes on each side until browned and seared. Set aside.
Add the spring onions, ginger, garlic and chilli to the casserole (or, to use a slow cooker, see cook’s notes, below), stir for 1-2 minutes until they take on some colour, then stir in the mirin, soy, sugar and whole spices. Bring to a simmer, and scrape any bits off the bottom of the pan. Nestle the seared ox cheeks back into the pan and top up with just enough beef stock to cover the meat. Cover with foil, put on the lid, and transfer to the oven. Cook for 5 hours until the beef is meltingly tender.
Remove the meat from the braise, and strain the remaining liquid into another pan to remove the whole spices and aromatics. Set over a low flame and bubble until thickened to a sauce. Shred the meat and stir back into the sauce. Check for seasoning, and add a pinch of extra sugar or a dash of rice vinegar to balance, if needed. Stir into wide noodles, spoon into steamed buns or simply serve over steamed rice with some pickles.