Thursday, June 3, 2010

Stewed Beef tendon





When I was living in Singapore, beef tendon noodle soup was quite popular. My friends told me with all my training for my marathon running, it was good to have this soup to build up my legs. I bought a bowl once with noodles, but I could hardly find any tendon. The vendor had ripped me off by selling me beef noodle soup. You see beef is very expensive over there, and tendon is even more expensive.

Yesterday, I was at my Asian supermarket, and they were selling some very good quality beef tendons. I have never cooked any before, but I was game. After buying a kilo, I scoured the spices rake and found this pack which says,"for meat soup". It has pepper, star anise, cinnamon, WA JIAO, a kind of tree pepper, and others I couldn't identified.

I google for recipe and one says it needs 4 hours to stew. I almost wish I didn't buy it, as the water engineer doesn't like beef, the daughter has turned vegetarian and chances are the son won't eat it as well. It took about 3 hours, and it was ready.

The verdict? Those of you who eat pork trotters, the beef tendon is similar except it is not so fatty. Would I cook it again? No, because no one else eats it , and besides I don't run marathons anymore. LOL

5 comments:

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Hi Ann

I can see that it is delicious. Thanks....

May be that is why Foochow housewives in olden days cook it on Festival days...four times a year....

Beef tendon noodles cost RM8.00 per bowl here...and you can see at least two pieces...kekekeke.

EcoRover said...

Cool. Sounds a bit like some Basque recipes for shanks--very good when cooked for enough time, especially with beans. Maybe this is why I love to hike in the mountains and my legs never complain!

Serline said...

But they taste so good... another recipe to try is pig trotters in black vinegar. Even my fussy teenagers love them ;-) Have a blessed weekend!

Ah Ngao said...

orrr...this is the beef tendon you're talking about(i thought it's some kind of the aphrodisiac's parts of cow) haha.. but Ann,if it's not good for those who have gout.the pack of spices looks promising.usually i cook anything beef with lotus root (lin ngao)

Titania said...

Hi Ann, So much work and nobody wants to eat it. I like trotters, so I might cook them perhaps once a year, eating them cold with lots of mustard! I have never eaten beef tendons. I am sure they are tasty!
It is getting cool here too, great to cook soups and hearty meals. Ann, I have not got a clue if Cat Stevens comes to A. Are you going to the concert, he is a singer isn't he? Enjoy Sunday and take it easy! T.