We had a very good friend visiting us for the weekend & I wanted to make something really nice for us for his arrival. So, having read all the reviews here I thought this was the perfect dish to kick start the weekend.
I cooked it on the hob in the morning and cooked it for about 4hrs althgether. I didn't reduce it till the reheating stage later that evening. I couldn't get chinese wine so used sherry, I also used stewing beef. I have to be honest & say I wasn't sure about it when I was smelling it as it cooked and maybe it was because it cooked for SO long I really didn't feel like eating it by the time I was serving it. Next time I might try cooking it the day before I need it iykwim? Also, although the beef was lean enough mine ended up with a lot of oil on the surface when it was cooked & I wasn't mad about that, so next time I would omit the oil at the start or at least reduce it a lot.
Buuuut....it tasted FAB! We all loved it and it was a huge hit with our guest. The salad was the star of the show and really made it special (much in the way the lemon/garlic/rosemary utterly transforms Jamie's Jool's favourite stew). I served it with white long grain rice. I will DEF make this again !
Dh is delighted because dd and I are away next week and he has a large portion of this in the freezer for his dinner one of the evenings!
Dh & our guest rated this an 11 out of 10 - outstanding was the general verdict! So huge thumbs up here from the Valex household. And I outdid myself by making the Fajitas the following night - dh & friend were in food heaven