Friday, December 27, 2013

Slow Cooked Beef with Kimchi

Simple recipe for Slow Cooked Beef with Kimchi served over rice

I hope everyone had a wonderful jolly Christmas time. I took few days off of blogging to relax and take care of my family, as well as to collect my thoughts about my goals for the next year regarding my site. 
I consider blogging my job, so maintaining it at least once a month behind the scenes of course is necessary. You might noticed some changes and I am planning to make it even more user friendly. It's not easy, but I like to take everything into my own hands so organizing and maintaining as well as coding is done by yours truly. It has been always part of my learning experience, with ups and downs but I find even those long hours staring at html, placing and replacing codes rather fun times...so not true haha but once you actually accomplish something it is worth it.  
When I decade to do maintenance or any changes on my blog which takes around 6-8 hrs a day, well I make a large amount of food one day before or early in the morning so I don't have to get up and make something new. That's how this incredibly simple slow cooked beef made it last week on our table. 
I know it takes more than an hour to cook, but I always said many times that I love the most when food is simmering and the aroma just wrapping my whole house especially in the winter time. Most of the time I rely on quick and easy recipes, ones that I can make in less than 30 minutes. I cook 7 days a week, 3-4 meals a day, 365 days a year; even when I know that I will go out to eat, there is a meal in the pot on my stove. Just tonight I made a dinner from scratch and you won't believe that I made corn muffinsboneless ribs, red roasted baked potatoes, flat bread and few side dishes under 1 hr. Yup! I outdone myself, HA! Pat on the back.... I have house full of growing kids, so multitasking in my kitchen is a "MUST".

Simple and delicious recipe for Slow Cooked Beef with Kimchi

Koreanized Slow Cooked beef is absolutely amazing. The meat is tender, almost melts in your mouth and the sauce is a balance between savory and spicy, with a hint of sweetness. I mean you will not get any better than this especially if you happen to love Korean food, slow cooked food and spicy. I served it over stove cooked rice that is more like steamed because it cooked for less than 15 minutes that I take it off and leave the lid on for 10 minutes. Wonderful lunch or dinner that I know that you will love as much as we do. I made kimchi used in this recipe but you are more than welcome to get jar one from the store. 
Slow Cooked Beef with Kimchi 
Serves: 4-5   Total Time: 1 hrs. and 35 minutes 
Prep: 15 minutes   Cook: 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Ingredients:
  • 1 tsp. Grape-seed Oil or any on hand 
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless chuck roast or beef tenderloin, cut into 1-2 inch cubes 
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 Carrot, sliced or shredded 
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. Fresh ginger, minced 
  • 1 cup beef broth, reduced sodium 
  • 1 bay leaf 
  • 2 Tbs. soy sauce, low-sodium
  • 2 tsp. Mirin or any Rice wine 
  • 1 Tbs. Gochujang (use 1/2 Tbs. for less spicy)
  • 1 cup water 
  • 2 cups chopped Kimchi
  • 1 Tbs. Sesame oil
  • 1 Tbs. sesame seeds, toasted, for garnish
  • 2 Scallions for garnish, chopped
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oil in the saute or frying pan then add beef cubes in and in the single layer let them cook for 4-5 minutes or until all the pieces are browned on all sides. Take it out of the pan and onto the plate.
  2. Turn the heat on low and add onion and carrot, stir fry for few minutes then add garlic, ginger, stir fry to infuse oil with all the ingredients, then scrape the bottom while adding beef broth and bay leaf. 
  3. Add soy sauce and mirin (rice wine). Add gochujang and mix it in while the broth is bubbling, then return the meat add water and bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat on low, and simmer for 1 hour. Adjust the heat so the mixture simmers steadily, stir occasionally, until the meat is tender, depending on the cut you used.
  4. After 1 hour of simmering take out bay leaf, add the chopped kimchi, and cook for the next 20 minutes. Uncover, then taste and adjust seasoning. Stir in sesame oil if desired. 
  5. Serve immediately over cooked rice with sprinkle of sesame seeds and scallions.
Enjoy!

NOTE*
  • Yes, you can transfer everything in the slow cooker and cook for more than an hour and 20 minutes. Once the beef is tender it's done; depending on the cut that you are using it may take less or more than the time in the recipe. Tenderloin cooks faster! 
  • Mirin is a cooking sweet rice wine, it's not a vinegar and shouldn't be confused with one another. You can omit it and use sugar, Sake or any other Rice wines if you desire. 
  • For less spicy, use less Korean Chili Pepper paste and of course look at the number on the gochujang package...I used #3 which is medium spicy, really mild taste, but you can go higher for more spicy. 
  • For any other questions please contact me by filling contact form with the question (form on the sidebar)-->
Slow Cooked Beef with Kimchi

I wish you all FANTASTIC NEW YEAR! I hope you have safe night, and Successful, Happy and Healthy new year! 

Your friend,
Sandra 


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7 comments :

  1. I love slow cooked dishes! They are relatively easy to cook and incredibly tasty. This beef and kimchi stew looks absolutely amazing! I can see myself finishing that whole plate all by myself! I'll definitely have to make this soon. Thanks for the recipe. Happy New Year!

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    1. Yes, very simple yet so delicious! Thank you Yi, and happy New Year to you too!

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  2. WOW!
    I really have to try this recipe! It looks so lush, and like you I really enjoy having the aroma of cooking food wafting around my kitchen.
    Merry Christmas, (belated) I hope you had a wonderful day.

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    1. Oh defiantly slow home-cooked meals are one my favorites esp. this time of the year! Thanks Julie, have a great New Year!!!

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  3. Your slow cooked beef and Kimchi looks very delicious! I can imagine the aroma floating around your house. :) Yes, I did noticed some changes of your blog. Web designing is such a painful work. You're so brave to take this on by yourself. :) Tomorrow is a New Years Eve already! I can't believe we've known each other for almost a year now. It's been a pleasure knowing you, Sandra. Happy New Year!

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    1. Yes, almost a year since we connected..and I am glad that we did! Thank you so much, Sue for your continues support. I really appreciate it! Happy New Year to you and your lovely family!

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  4. I really admire of your hard work, which constantly keep me motivated and do better job. You always cook, work long hours, and you have three kids! You're a super mama! This looks amazing (with the steam coming off YUM!). Extra rice will be necessary... :)

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