Chinese-style Gulyás


Chinese-style Gulyás

Spicy Beef Stew with Chinese Flavors

In Chinese cuisine, hearty stews are a popular comfort food. This Chinese-style Gulyás takes inspiration from the traditional Hungarian dish and infuses it with the vibrant flavors of Chinese spices and ingredients. The result is a rich and aromatic beef stew that will warm your soul and tantalize your taste buds.

Jan Dec

20 minutes

1 hour 20 minutes

1 hour 40 minutes

4 servings


Omnivore, Low carb, High protein, Dairy-free, Gluten-free

Soy, Shellfish (if using oyster sauce)

Vegetarian, Vegan, Paleo, Keto, Nut-free


While the original Hungarian Gulyás is known for its paprika-infused broth and hearty ingredients like potatoes and carrots, this Chinese adaptation incorporates traditional Chinese spices such as star anise, ginger, and Sichuan peppercorns. It also includes Chinese vegetables like bok choy and shiitake mushrooms to add depth and texture to the stew. We alse have the original recipe for Gulyás, so you can check it out.


  • Calories (kcal / KJ): 350 kcal / 1465 KJ
  • Fat (total, saturated): 15g, 4g
  • Carbohydrates (total, sugars): 20g, 5g
  • Protein: 35g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Salt: 2g


  1. 1.
    Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent.
  2. 2.
    Add the minced garlic, grated ginger, Sichuan peppercorns, star anise, and Chinese five-spice powder. Cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  3. 3.
    Add the beef cubes to the pot and brown them on all sides.
  4. 4.
    Stir in the soy sauce, oyster sauce, and tomato paste. Cook for another 2 minutes.
  5. 5.
    Pour in the beef broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1 hour, or until the beef is tender.
  6. 6.
    Add the diced potatoes, sliced carrots, shiitake mushrooms, and bok choy to the pot. Simmer for an additional 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are cooked through.
  7. 7.
    Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. 8.
    Serve the Chinese-style Gulyás hot, garnished with fresh cilantro.

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Beef — Choose a tender cut of beef, such as chuck or sirloin, for the best results. Trim any excess fat before cubing.
  • Sichuan peppercorns — Toast the peppercorns in a dry pan before using to enhance their flavor.
  • Bok choy — Separate the leaves from the stems and add them to the stew at different times to ensure the stems are cooked through but the leaves remain crisp.

Tips & Tricks

  • For an extra kick of heat, add a teaspoon of chili flakes or a chopped chili pepper.
  • If you prefer a thicker stew, mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water and stir it into the stew during the last 5 minutes of cooking.
  • Serve the Chinese-style Gulyás with steamed rice or noodles for a complete meal.

Serving advice

Serve the Chinese-style Gulyás in deep bowls, allowing the rich broth to surround the tender beef and vegetables. Garnish with fresh cilantro for a pop of color and freshness.

Presentation advice

To enhance the presentation, sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds over the stew just before serving. The seeds will add a nutty flavor and a delightful crunch.