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China: Sichuan Beef Soup
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China: Sichuan Beef Soup

Beef shank, which imbues a broth with rich, meaty essence, is one of those underappreciated—and fairly priced—cuts of meat. Shop at an Asian market for Sichuan peppercorns, black bean sauce, and chile sauce. You won't use much of any, but they're crucial to the flavor and they'll keep in the pantry or fridge practically forever.

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