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How To Make Beef Consomme With Star Anise Cambodian Khmer Southeast Asian Food Recipe

Updated on March 25, 2012

Star Anise Pods and Seeds

The "Star" is the pod of this spice. Take note of the tiny seeds that are encased within the pods. Star Anise is used in many food and alcohol recipes and gives the famous flavor to Root Beer and Licorice.
The "Star" is the pod of this spice. Take note of the tiny seeds that are encased within the pods. Star Anise is used in many food and alcohol recipes and gives the famous flavor to Root Beer and Licorice. | Source

Serves 4

Prep Time: 30 mins

Cooking Time: 2 1/2 hours

Anise: One Flavor, Several Species

Anise has many different names and comes in several different Plant Species. Some of the more common names and varieties are:

  • Anise
  • Aniseed
  • Pimpinella anisum
  • Illicium verum
  • Star Anise
  • Japanese Star Anise
  • Anisette
  • Star Aniseed

The "real" Anise plant grows in Southwest Asia and the Mediterranean Regions and is a flowering plant of the Apiaceae family. If you are wondering what the flavor of Anise is, think of Licorice (liquorice), Fennel and Tarragon.

Anise is used as an ingredient in many recipes from Alcohol (Absinthe, Anisette, Arak, Ouzo, Mastika, Jagermeister, Sambuca, Raki and more) to Soda Pop (Root Beer) as well as many foods. Anise is often a common ingredient to make Curry.

For this recipe we will be using an Anise "Imitator" called Star Anise. Star Anise tastes just like regular Anise but is often easier to find, less expensive and easier to keep. Star Anise is a spice that often replaces Anise in baking an liquor manufacturing. Star Anise is generally found in Northeast Vietnam, India, and Southwest China as well as many other areas of Asia.

Star Anise has been used for medicinal purposes such as Rheumatism, stomach settling, and many other uses in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is even added to some over the counter medicines in the West.

Now that we have some background information about Anise and Star Anise, let's take a look at the Ingredients for making Beef Consomme with Star Anise:


Beef Consomme with Star Anise Recipe Ingredients

How To Prepare
Lean Beef (recommend shin or shank cuts)
14 oz (400g)
Slice into Strips
Chicken Eggs
4 Eggs
Cooking Oil (recommend Olive Oil)
4 Tablespoons
Fresh Garlic
10 Cloves
Peel and Chop
Palm or Dark Brown Sugar
4 Tablespoons
Fish Sauce
4 Tablespoons
Star Anise Pods
Ripe Tomatoes
5 Medium Sized
Quartered (cut into 4 pieces)
Fresh Coriander (Cilantro) Leaves (can use sawtooth herb leaves as a substitute)
1 Small Bunch
Chop Finely
Green Onions (Scallions)
Slice Thin
Stock Pots
2 Pots-Medium Sized
For cooking and boiling eggs

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Beef Consomme with Star Anise Recipe Instructions

This recipe calls for Clarified Beef Broth which means that you will need to slowly simmer the meat. The meat becomes very tender and has a rich flavor. Let's look at how we prepare this delicious recipe:

  • Put the Meat in a Pot and cover with cold water. Bring water to a Gentle Boil.
  • Occasionally Skim any fatty froth from the top. Continue to skim until no more froth appears.
  • Drain the meat and set aside.
  • Put the Eggs in a Pot and cover them with water. Bring to a Gentle Boil and simmer for about 3 1/2 minutes until they are Soft Boiled.
  • Run the soft boiled eggs under cold water for a few minutes to cool them.
  • Take the Shells off the eggs and put them in the refrigerator.
  • Heat the Oil in the Pot that you simmered the meat in on medium-high heat.
  • Fry the Garlic until Golden Colored then set it aside.
  • Add the Sugar to the Oil and cook until it starts to caramelize.
  • Add the Beef, Fish Sauce, Fried Garlic and Star Anise.
  • Add just enough Water to cover the ingredients and simmer over low heat until meat is tender. (About 2 hours)
  • You will need to add more water periodically as the liquid evaporates. Always make sure the meat is fully submerged and covered. This mixture is now the "Consomme".
  • Cut the Eggs in Half (the long way) and add them to the Consomme.
  • Add the Tomatoes right away and cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the Coriander (Cilantro) Leaves (or sawtooth herb leaves if using as substitute) and Green Onions.
  • Serve Immediately.

That's it! You are now ready to eat this delicious and healthy recipe!

Chanang Tay! (That's Delicious!)

Looking for More Cambodian Khmer Southeast Asian Recipes?

The recipes below are Traditional Cambodian Recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. Cambodian Cuisine has a very distinct flavor and uses a variety of Herbs and Spices to create tastes unique from this tiny Southeast Asian country!



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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      lol Ardie! Thanks, you really are great!


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      Sondra 6 years ago from Neverland

      Firstly, its super easy to support and share great content :) And you're the best Hubber buddy ever. Secondly, I will simply drive to you and bring you all back. Much cheaper! So deal.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Ardie: Thank you Ardie! Are you paying for transportation-there are five of us!

      Most of these recipes are very different than the usual everyday food choices. We use Cast Iron Pans and Olive Oil for most of our cooking and we always buy Fresh Ingredients. We love to eat, so we have to cook! Why not make it interesting?

      Thanks for supporting me during the 30/30 Challenge and for being such a great Hub Friend! I really appreciate your dedication and all the comments and shares. You are a great writer and an awesome friend. Thanks!


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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Pamela99: Hello! Anise is very strong and has a black licorice smell and taste. I am not a big fan but I like a few recipes that use it balanced with other ingredients. I hope that you try this and enjoy it. Come back and let me know what you think! Thanks for stopping by!


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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @rjsadowski: Thank you! I appreciate you stopping by!


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      Sondra 6 years ago from Neverland

      I am going to move your family into my house so you and your wife can cook for me! Seriously, you have THE best recipes JS :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      This recipe looks very interesting. I have never used anise in cooking at home but I'd be willing to try this particular recipe. Thanks for sharing the information about anise and the recipe.

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      rjsadowski 6 years ago

      You have given us another great recipe.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thanks AliciaC! I had fun writing this recipe and answering your question! Star Anise is hard for me because I don't like the taste of black licorice or any Anisette flavored alcohols.

      I do like Khmer Curry which uses Star Anise in some recipes, I also like Root Beer so it is either hit or miss with me. Overall, I don't care for the taste or smell of Anise in general, but when mixed with other ingredients it can be really delicious! This is one of those recipes! Thanks for asking the question and for stopping by!


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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you so much for answering my question with this hub! I love the taste of both anise and star anise, and was hoping that someone would describe some interesting recipes using either of these ingredients, as you have done! Your beef consomme with star anise sounds delicious.


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