Beef Consomme with Cilantro

  • Active Time 20m
  • Total Time 3h 5m

Serves 6

The simple, yet precise nature of this soup places it firmly in the sophisticated and cosmopolitan city of Guangzhou (Canton), the gateway to foreign trade from as early as the mid-eighteenth century.
The use of beef filet (eye fillet), Japanese sake and cilantro (fresh coriander) indicates the new direction of contemporary Chinese cooking with cross-culinary influences from Vietnam and Thailand. The blending of ingredients from other cuisines requires sensitive handling and understanding.


  • 8 cups clear Supreme Chicken Broth, strained
  • 1 cup sake (Japanese rice wine)
  • 1 pound prime-quality beef filet (eye fillet), trimmed of excess fat
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, washed well, dried and chopped into 1-inch lengths, including stems

Companion recipe: Supreme Chicken Broth


In a stockpot, bring the chicken broth to a boil. Add the sake and simmer gently. Slice the filet in half lengthwise and lay the open side down on a cutting board. Cut evenly on the diagonal into slices 1/4 inch thick.

Add the beef to the broth, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1 minute. Adjust for seasoning, adding salt and pepper, if desired.

Add the cilantro, stir gently once or twice to combine and serve.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Russell. All rights reserved.

RecID 2569

nutrition information per serving

470 calories; 18g total fat; 163mg cholesterol; 534mg sodium; 4g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 57g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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