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Korean BBQ Beef Short Ribs 韓式烤牛小排

In the past whenever we had Korean barbecue for dinner, I always bought the marinade and kimchi in a jar. But after watching Korean TV drama “Crash Landing on You”, I was interested in making my own. So, I made Traditional Korean Kimchi, and this homemade Korean barbecue marinade. This marinade tastes so much better and flavorful than store bought brands, which are mostly soy sauce and sugar. It is very easy to make– just purée everything in a blender and done! My choice of meat was always beef short ribs, but one time I couldn’t find it at Costco so I used pork belly instead (skinless, slice into 1/4 or 1/3 inch thickness and 2 inch long). To my surprise it was the best Korean barbecue we had (the fat keep the meat juicy)! I am sure boneless chicken thighs will taste as good too.

Korean BBQ Beef Short Ribs 韓式烤牛小排

Besides beef short ribs, skinless pork belly (shown above) is also excellent with this marinade.

Korean BBQ Beef Short Ribs 韓式烤牛小排

Ingredients:

4.5 lbs thin cut beef short ribs (crossed cut)

Marinade sauce:
5 cloves garlic
2 inch ginger
1/2 Asian pear or brown pear– cored and peeled
8 tbsps soy sauce
5 tbsps brown sugar
2 tbsps gochujang (Korean fermented chili paste concentrate)
2 tbsps ground hot chili peppers (optional)
2 tbsps sesame oil

Method:

Purée all marinade ingredients in a blender, then marinate meat (be sure to coat well) for at least 4 hours or overnight in the fridge. Char grilled. To eat, cut meat into pieces (remove bones). Put meat on a piece whole green lettuce leaf, adding sliced raw garlic, sliced jalapeño pepper and Korean chili paste if desired, wrap up and enjoy. Serve with steam rice.

Regina’s Note:

If pork belly is used, choose pork belly with even meat and fat layer. I like to buy it at Costco. In order to easily cut pork belly into thin slices (1/4 or 1/3 inch thickness), I let the meat defrost halfway, cut it into 2 inch blocks, then thin slice the meat. Keep an eye when grilling pork belly, because of its higher fat content and thin cut, your grill can easily catch a grease fire or burn the meat.

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This is my first time making Taiwanese style beef noodle soup, and I was surprised it came out way better than my expectation. The meat is tender, and full of flavors! The secret is the cut of meat– I used boneless beef short ribs chunks instead of the traditionally used beef briskest or beef shank. Beef briskest is hard to cut (and takes forever to cook until tender); beef shank can still, sometimes, be tough after stewing for long time.

Braised Beef Noodle Soup 五香牛肉麺

Braised Beef Noodle Soup 五香牛肉麺 Recipe (serves 6-8 people)

Ingredients:
2.5 lbs boneless beef short rib chunk– see note below
1/2 tbsp salt

Seasoning for stew:
3 green onions
2 inches ginger– crushed
8 cloves garlic– crushed
1 honey date 蜜枣
3 star anise 八角
1 cinnamon stick 桂皮
1 cardamon 草果
2 dried red peppers
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup cooking wine
2 tbsp dark soy sauce
1/2 stick rock sugar 冰片糖
7 cups water

2 cans chicken broth
blanched green leafy vegetables– bak choy, yu choy, spinach or green leaf lettuce
cooked noodles

Method:

  1. Put all stew seasoning in a deep pot, cover and bring to a boil on high heat. Continue boiling for another 10 minutes for the flavor to come out.
  2. Meanwhile, trim off excess fat from the beef. Rinse well. Cut the meat to bite size pieces, across the grain of meat. Season with 1/2 tbsp of salt.
  3. After boiling 10 minutes of boiling the stew, add beef to the stew (be sure the liquid covers the meat). Cover, and boil on high heat for 10 minutes. Then reduce the heat to medium, cook for about 1 hour. Add more water if the stew dries out too quickly. The beef should be tender at this point.
  4. While the meat is stewing, boil chicken broth in a separate pot. Set aside.
  5. To assemble: place some noodles in a bowl. Arrange some green vegetables and some beef on the top. Scoop over some stew liquid and chicken broth (2 stew liquid : 1 chicken broth). For spicy beef noodles, also add in some chili sauce or chili oil.

Regina’s Note:

  • Boneless beef short rib chunk: this is the meat from beef short rib section but without the bones. It is usually cut into 1– 2 inch stripes and can be found in regular grocery stores. I got mine from Costco. I personally prefer the meat that has marble fat because it’s more tender after cooking, and enhance the flavor.
  • Pickled sour mustard green condiment: this is a typical condiment for Taiwanese beef noodle soup. I skipped it this time because my family doesn’t like it.

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