It seems that every day we are introduced to a new kind of cuisine. I think it is great to learn about other cultures through their food, and my recipe for Korean beef and noodles is a great way to begin. While the recipe may not be completely authentic, it is a great place to start without having to go to the Asian market to buy 5 or 6 new ingredients that you may never use again. If you like my recipe you can try more authentic recipes and ingredients. As always I try to make my recipes simple and use common ingredients you have at home.
1. Wash your hands.
2. For this recipe you will need a knife, cutting board, sauce pan with lid, sauté pan, wooden spoon or heat proof spatula, strainer, a medium bowl, measuring cups and spoons, and the stove.
If you are not allowed to use a knife or stove by yourself you can ask an adult to help.
ChefElla’s Korean Beef and Noodles (6-8 servings)
Korean Beef Ingredients
1 ½ lbs. Beef, Stew Meat or Beef Chuck, Diced ½ X ½ inch pieces (bite sized)
½ Cup Orange Juice
¼ Cup Brown Sugar
1/8 Cup Rice Vinegar or Rice Wine Vinegar
1 Tbl Garlic, Minced (2 cloves)
1 Tbl Ginger, Minced (1 finger sized piece)
-Peel ginger, slice into thin coins, and then chop finely.
1 Tbl Soy Sauce
2 tsp Sriracha, if you like your food spicier you can add more hot sauce to your dish.
-Most Korean recipes call for Gochujang, a Korean hot sauce made from fermenting peppers, rice, fermented soy beans, and salt. If you have Gochujang you can use it if not Sriracha or even dried red pepper flakes will work.
1 tsp Salt, Kosher or Sea
½ tsp Black Pepper
2 Tbl Vegetable Oil, or Peanut Oil
Stir Fry Ingredients
1 pkg. Soba, Cellophane, Udon or any traditional Korean Noodle (8 oz. package)
1 Can Baby Corn, because kids love baby corn (15 oz. can, drained)
1 ½ Cups White Mushrooms, chunked or sliced (About 4 oz.)
1 Cup Green Onions, Thin Sliced, (About 1 bunch)
2 Cups Broccoli, Cut into bite sized pieces
1 Cups Braising Liquid (Liquid leftover from cooking your beef. If you do not have 1 Cup of liquid leftover you can add some beef or chicken broth to make your sauce equal 1 cup.)
2 Tbl. Corn Starch Slurry (Mix 1 Tbl. Corn starch with 1 Tbl. cold water and mix well)
3 Tbl. Soy Sauce
¼ Cup Cilantro Leaves, Chopped
1 Tbl. Vegetable Oil, or Peanut Oil
Optional: Use any of these vegetables or substitute your favorite vegetables; carrots, celery, zucchini, spinach, bok choy, cabbage, pea pods, or even sweet potatoes.
3. Mix diced beef, 1 Tbl. vegetable oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix well.
4. Pre-heat your sauce pan on medium high heat. Add 1 Tbl. vegetable oil to the pan. Add your meat to the pan and let the meat brown on one side. Mix the meat after 1-2 minutes and continue to brown.
5. Turn your pan down to medium high heat add the rest of your Korean beef ingredients to the pan to create your braising liquid. Mix well.
6. When the liquid begins to simmer turn the heat to medium low or low and put a lid on your pan. Check the beef after 5 minutes. The liquid should be slowly simmering (bubbling). If it is close to boiling turn your heat down and if it is barely bubbling turn your heat up a little. Cook covered for 45-50 minutes or until the beef is nice and soft. Strain the braising liquid away from the beef and save the liquid for your sauce.
7. While your beef is cooking prepare your vegetables, and about 10 minutes before your beef is done cook your noodles following the direction on the package.
8. When the noodles and beef are done, in a wok or large sauté pan, heat 1 Tbl. of oil. Add vegetables and mix well so that they are coated with the oil. Sauté the vegetables until they begin to brown. Add 1 cup braising broth.
9. Mix cornstarch slurry, and add to the stir fry. Mix the slurry into your ingredients and let the stir fry come to a boil. This will cause the cornstarch to thicken the sauce. When the sauce thickens remove the pan from the heat.
10. Mix in the cooked noodles, beef, soy sauce, and chopped cilantro and serve.
If you like foods like sauerkraut, try your meal with a side of Kimchi a traditional Korean side dish.
ChefElla’s helpers can help by:
Measuring out ingredients
Stirring the stir fry
Older helpers can help by cutting vegetables and meat, and cooking the noodles.