beef chuck, boneless
red pepper, crushed
fennel seeds, crushed
Combine garlic, 2 tablespoons of soy sauce and 1 teaspoon sugar in large bowl; stir in beef cubes until well coated.
Meanwhile, combine 1 cup water, remaining 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 teaspoons sugar, red pepper, fennel, black pepper, cloves and ginger; set aside.
Heat oil in dutch oven or large skillet over high heat.
Brown beef on all sides in hot oil.
Stir in soy sauce mixture.
Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, 2 hours, or until beef is very tender.
Combine cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water; stir into beef mixture.
Cook and stir until mixture boils and thickens, about 1 minute.