The Verdict: the beef was pretty good. It turns out that Chinese five spice powder has a lot of anise in it, which is not a flavor we are huge fans of. Still, the beef was tender and very good for tacos. The slaw was a little too sour and acidic.
Changes for next time:
- reduce Chinese 5 spice powder to 1 teaspoon
- increase ginger to 1 teaspoon
- add 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha or other chili paste (needed a bit of heat)
- add a little bit of sugar to the slaw sauce to make it more like an American coleslaw
It's definitely a recipe I'd like to try again, especially as I'd like to get the spices just right for our palate. I think we are going to make burrito bowls with the leftover meat tomorrow. I'll heat up some black beans and make some rice, then we'll use the beef and slaw to top the rice and beans.