Remember my lovely neighbor from this post on Singaporean Beef Broccoli? Well, she's back with more delectable food and she gave me the a-okay to share it!
"Korean food has more sugar," she explains to me as she furiously stirs the meat over the piping hot stove. "Very delicious."
Yeah, she wasn't kidding. This is good stuff, friends. If I can say this without sounding blasphemous, I think I like it even more than the Beef Broccoli. It is so tasty, and comes together in a flash—less than 30 minutes. What gives this dish its depth of flavor is the Aji-Mirin (see pictures below). It is a sweet cooking rice wine that tenderizes the meat, making it sweet and soft. If you're a newbie like me and have never cooked with this before, you can find it at any Asian food store for only a few dollars, and it lasts a long time. You can use it in a variety of Asian dishes as well. Experiment! I know I will be.
If I may, I recommend it over the Singaporean Chicken Rice from this post. The combo is delish.
Korean Stir Fry Beef
*Keep in mind that these are rough estimates. Add more or less to your tastes.
About 1 lb beef (chuck eye is best, because it is softer), sliced thinly
2-3 Tbsp soy sauce
1-2 Tbsp sesame oil
1-2 Tbsp Aji-Mirin sweet cooking rice wine
Sprinkle of sugar
1-2 tsp fresh black pepper (she used a lot)
Sprinkling of sesame seeds to your liking
3-4 large cloves garlic, chopped small
1 bunch spring onion (green onion), chopped small, only light green and white parts
1-2 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil
Hot, cooked rice, for serving
1. Take all of the ingredients (except rice and oil) and combine together. You can let this marinade for 30 minutes to an hour or you can cook with it right away.
2. Heat a wok or large frying pan and add the oil until very hot.
3. Add the beef + marinade and stir constantly over high heat. The beef will let off moisture into the bottom of the pan.
4. Cook until the meat is done to your liking and the liquid at the bottom of the pan is mostly gone.
5. Serve over hot rice (Singaporean Chicken Rice is so good with this!)