I’ve wanted to cook a legit European beef stew all year, so a Thanksgiving I expected to spend alone seemed like a good opportunity. However, turns out a few of my friends could join, so instead we shared a poultry-free Thanksgiving!
This Japanese beef bowl is street fast food (from a place called Yoshinoya?). I use Chinese hot pot meat. I may retake this photo once I get the proper toppings. Recipe from justonecookbook.
Gyudon (Japanese beef rice bowl)
- In small pan, boil 1/2 cup dashi (1/4 tsp hondashi in boiling water), 1 tbsp mirin, (1 tsp sake), 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1/2 tbsp sugar.
- Add 1/2 small onion thinly sliced in single layer. Simmer covered on medium for 5 minutes.
- Add 1/2 lb beef ribeye thinly sliced. Cook uncovered until no longer pink and sauce mostly reduced.
- Serve on bowl of rice topped with scallion sliced and pickled red ginger, togarashi (seven spice). Optionally top with 1 onsen tamago.
Recipe from justonecookbook
Onsen Tamago (hot spring egg)
- In small pot, boil 4.25 cups (1000 ml) water. Take off heat, add ~3/4 cup (200 ml) cold tap water. (65-68 C)
- Place in 4 large eggs from refrigerator. Cover and leave for 17 minutes. Take out eggs and set aside for 5 minutes. Garnish with scallions.
- Or serve in 1/4 cup dashi, 1/2 tbsp mirin, 1.5 tbsp soy sauce, 3g katsuobushi
After returning from America’s heartland (I was in Minnesota for an extended weekend), I figured it was time to try a quintessential American dish.
It’s something where if chefs want to make it “simple, they spend lots of money on the best beef, cheese, and bun. To be reasonably tasty while using cheap ingredients (like what I’m using), you should spice it up a little. This is when I learn that Worcestershire sauce is kind of magic.
- Combine 1 lb 80:20 ground beef, (2 strips cooked bacon finely chopped,) 1 small onion finely diced, 1 clove garlic minced, 1 egg, 1/2 tsp mustard, 1 tsp worcestershire sauce, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper.
- Optionally: salad dressing, sun-dried tomato, sour cream/yogurt, lemon zest, ginger, ketchup, bbq sauce, curry powder, dried oregano/thyme/rosemary, cajun seasoning, sesame oil, teriyaki sauce, jalapenos.
- Shape into 4 patties, about 3/4 inch thick.In a skillet on medium heat with little to no oil, cook 3-4 minutes, until browning creeps up side, without moving or pressing. Flip. Top with cheese. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Cover briefly to steam cheese.
- Serve with burger things.
Edit 6/4: my friend and I made an Asian-inspired burger. It basically took the ingredients I’d usually put in a ground beef stir fry of sorts and shaped them into patties.
- Combine 1.5 lb 80:20 ground beef, 1/4 cup panko, 2 tbsp oyster sauce, 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tsp sesame oil, 1 egg, 4 cloves garlic minced, 1/4 onion minced, 1” ginger minced, 1 tbsp sugar, 1/4 tsp white pepper.
- Shape into 6 patties, about 3/4 inch thick. Cook on skillet on medium heat with no oil for 4-6 minutes on each side.
- Serve on ciabatta rolls with shredded cabbage slaw, cilantro, and 1:3 Sriracha:mayo.
Sorry KTown, your meat is very expensive. I found $7.99/lb hot pot meat in Chinatown instead. I also need to return for the second pound of meat; half the marinade is still sitting in the fridge! Recipe from mykoreankitchen.com.
Bulgogi (Korean marinated beef)
- 2 lb beef sirloin, thinly sliced (like hot pot meat), marinated for 4 hours to overnight in:
- Process 1/2 small onion (2 tbsp), 5 cloves garlic, 1/4″ ginger (1 tsp), quarter giant korean pear (5 tbsp), 1 scallion with 1/2 cup dark soy sauce, 1 tbsp sesame oil, 2 tbsp rice wine, 3 tbsp brown sugar, 1/8 tsp pepper.
- Stir fry in batches with 1 onion, 1 carrot, 2 scallions sliced thin. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Serve with lettuce, rice, ssamjang.
I can’t really write a terse recipe for steak and potatoes because it’s just featured ingredients plus salt/pepper/oil plus lots of technique. I’ve picked up some from watching cooking shows on YouTube.
Sorry for the subpar photo. I was a little eager to eat this after my ridiculous snow adventure today. I was also trying to disguise the fact I only own one plate, which is much too small.
- Scrub skin. Dice potatoes to 1/2″ cubes.
- Parboil for 2-3 minutes. Drain.
- Transfer to skillet. Season with salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil.
- Roast at 425 F for 30-35 minutes. Turn twice in between, trying to achieve sear on sides.
- Separately, saute 1/4 small onion, diced.
- Combine, garnish with chives.
- Bring to room temp. Pat dry to remove blood.
- Season with generous kosher salt, cracked pepper.
- On skillet on high heat, heat olive oil, then lay steak down to sear.
- After about a minute, flip over, then turn to low heat.
- Cook without moving 5-7 minutes, depending on thickness. Flip.
- Add knob of butter, a couple whole cloves garlic, a couple sprigs thyme. Baste with butter. Cook for 6-8 more minutes.
- Remove steak, pour juices over, rest for 5-7 minutes.
Look at me, cooking during the day! I actually get to take photos with sunlight. Notable for using the first bottle of red wine I’ve ever bought. Based on an NYTimes formulation.
Edit 11/23: see Thanksgiving post for legit beef stew.
Beef Stew (Edit 11/23: nullified)
1 lb stew beef, cubed. Coat in 1/4 cup flour, 1/4 tsp pepper. Brown on all sides, Remove. 1 cup red wine, (2 tbsp red wine vinegar), to release scraps from pan. Replace beef. 2 bay leaves, 3.5 cups beef broth. Simmer covered for 2 hours. 40 min before end, add 1 onion, 5 carrots, 4 stalks celery. 30 min before end, add 2 potatoes.
This turned out wetter than anticipated. Thus, when I tried reducing it, it was much much starchier from the potatoes. Consider cutting back on wine and broth, and adding potatoes later to account for the cooking time from the de-skinning by boiling protocol.
To offset the very heavy nature of the stew, I decided to make a light salad, and because I have canned chickpeas…
- 1 can chickpea washed, 2 roma tomatoes (or cherry tomatoes), 1 cucumber seeded, 1/4 red onion, 2 tbsp parsley, 1/2 lemon of juice, drizzle olive oil. Cut. Combine.
I roasted the chickpeas with 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1 tsp olive oil, in a skillet, 375 F, 45 minutes. Shouldn’t have. Oh well.
Testing the waters and deciding what I want each post to look like.
Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup
Working off this recipe and, you know, being Taiwanese. This is one of my favorite comfort foods. It turned out well.
- in stock pot and 2 tbsp oil, stir fry 1/2-inch of ginger, 3 cloves garlic, 6 white half of scallions.
- add 2 tbsp bean paste, some hot sauce, 3/4 cup soy sauce, stir fry.
- add 2lb cubed beef, 2 tbsp cooking wine, 1 tbsp sugar, 2 star anise, 8 cups water.
- Simmer 1.5 hours, then remove meat. Dilute the concentrate around 2:1 to make the soup.
- Serve with noodles, blanched veggies, green half of scallions,
Thai-Style Mango Sticky Rice
You don’t want to know how much sugar goes into it. Okay, I’ll tell you. A lot. It is not mango season. Oops.
- 2 cups Thai glutinous rice, 2.5 cups water. soak for 1 hour, then steam in rice cooker.
- mix rice with 1.5 cups coconut milk, 1 cup sugar, .5 tsp salt.
- for sauce, boil 1/3 cup coconut milk, 3 tbsp sugar, then chill.
- serve rice with mango, sauce, toasted sesame seeds.
One puzzle I need to solve: how am I supposed to light these photos without putting it on our gross stove?!