Friday, 10 June 2011

Yukgaejang (육개장) / Spicy Beef and Leek Soup.

Yukgaejang is one of  most popular  Korean soup. It looks very spicy with bright red colour  but it is not too spicy as Korean chilliies are milder than most of any other chillies. I make yukgaejang often, specially the weather is gloomy and cold, rainy, miserable, we, our family emjoy this soup.
 Even I made vegetarian version of this soup for my cookery class, I am happy to say it was great.

   Put 300g of brisket beef  in a large pan with 1 onion, 2 stems of celery, 1/2 mooli, 5 pepper corns, 1 bay leaf, 3 garlic clovers , 2 lt of water and boil first, then reduced heat simmer for 40 minutes until meat is tender, take out the meat, leave it  to cool down . Take out all the vegetables, pepper corns and discard them , except mooli, skim the fat from the pan and leave beef stock to cool.
Shred cooked brisket beef like match sticks ,10cm long. Cut mooli, leek and spring onion (1bunch)  as same size as  meat, set aside.
 Soak dried fern shoot( Gosari) in the warm water for 1 hour, wash few times and boil until soft but has bite to it, 
Boiled the stock and put leek, fern shoots,, crushed garlic(2tsp) and boil  first simmer 30 minutes, add  beef , mooli, spring onion, boil for 3 minutes. Season with light soy sauce.

 Finally make chilli oil :   Put 1 tbsp, chilli flakes, 2 tsp sesame oil and boil for a minutes ( be careful not to burn) and pour into the soup, boil for a minute. Befor serve with rice add bean sprout to the hot soup.  Yumm!!.
If you are a vegetarian, use very good home made vegetable stock instead of beef stock and add more vegetables like shitake mushrooms, or any veggies you like.
It is equally delicious with toasted French bread or  brown bread, as a main meal ,
adding boiled barley in the soup that gives you more body. or add  cooked noodle.   

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