Korean Beef Stew is a sweet, savoury and spicy stew of beef ribs in soy sauce and sesame oil broth base usually served with freshly steamed rice.
Way back when I was still working in Philippines there was this massive food court just on the ground floor of my workplace, and since it’s near we usually take our lunch in there. In that food court there was this restaurant called House of Kimchi (not sure if it’s still there though) and if we choose that as our dining restaurant on that day definitely I will order this dish called Korean Beef Stew. I like the flavour of this dish and tried to imitate it always at home which I can say I got the taste correctly like how that restaurant did it and I never asked for the recipe until now.
House of Kimchi is a Korean themed restaurant but I am not totally sure that this dish is, as stews (jjigae as they call it) in Korea usually are hot and this one from the mentioned restaurant is sweet, I am guessing it might be re-engineered to suit the Filipino taste. The original one might be the same just with chillies. Anyways regardless of its origin I love this dish and to make it same as the Korean counterpart or what they call jjigae we will add some cayenne pepper to make it hot!
I cannot wait to try your Korean Beef Stew recipe. YUM!
can you slow cooker this dish?
Oh I’ve been trying to perfect this dish. I hope if I follow your recipe, I can make the taste I wanted.
Totoo!! Gusto ko lahat ng mga niluluto mo! I also cook this but I don’t put star anise. Next time I’ll definitely include this missing ingredient of mine. Thanks!
The stew looks really yummy!
I am a Korean so I know jigae is supposed to be hot, spicy, sweet and salty ( alittle bit).
This one looks really good!
I just made this for my girlfriend and I.
I’m a complete novice when it comes to cooking, but it turned out well.
We both loved it, and will certainly be eating it again.
Thanks for giving it a shot.
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This sounds delicious.
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Can’t wait to try this brilliant recipe! The beef looks so gooood.
I can’t imagine seeing any type of beef stew in a food court. Pizza, tacos, and Chinese yes, but nothing near as tasty as this. Love all of the seasoning. Looks wonderful Raymund!
This sounds delicious, Like a much lighter take on a regular winter stew – I love it!
Love dishes like this. Pinning and waiting for cooler weather!
when you say “1 whole garlic” do you really mean the entire bulb?
Yes 1 whole bulb, but if you find it strong you can reduce the amount of garlic you want.
Thanks for Sharing this. I have been craving this dish for 15 years now. Likewise, there was this Korean restaurant next to our office and used to go there a lot for this dish. When we went to visit Manila in 2005, the resto is no longer there. I tried your recipe this weekend it was the same exact taste!!! So happy I have a new recipe to share for potluck parties…thank you very much
Thank you for trying it out 🙂
would love to try this..
i have suggestion.. hope you’ll put in the yield for each recipe… it’ll be helpful.. thanks!!!
Cooking this tonight…just one question, the soy sauce that you use is it philippine soy sauce or kikkoman?
Yes that’s correct
Oh sorry which one is it? The philippine soy sauce?
The Philippine Soy Sauce 🙂
Delicious! Everyone in our household enjoyed it! Tnx
You are welcome! Thanks for trying it out.
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I have been trying to get the taste same as House of Kimchi Restau..just one question,are u not using ginger for this?
Hi Kris, yes I am not using ginger on this one.
This seems looks so delicious, and I want to try it
I love love love this recipe and make it on a regular basis, thanks for sharing it! I like to up the color and texture factor by adding in some shredded carrots and french cut green beans when adding the final ingredients for the last 5 minutes. Yum!
This is the one I’ve been looking for. I really loved the House of Kimchi’s Korean Beef Stew and its the same one I would order every time I’m in Manila. I will definitely give it a try this weekend. Thanks Raymund.
Thank you, hope you like the recipe. Let me know how yours turn up.
Two questions – can you use stew beef? Second – the soy sauce needs to be a particular one?
can i use beef that’s been cooked in a pressure cooker?
Do you mean cooking it in pressure cooker or beef that has been pre cooked? If its a yes on the first option, yes you can use pressure cooker to cook it. If you use pre cooked it wont be as tasty as cooking it together with the ingredients.
Oh, okay. Thank you! 🙂 Will try this recipe soon! 🙂
I cannot wait to try this. I love Korean food and K-Town in NYC is soo yummy now I can have this in my own kitchen!
can i make it in a slow cooker?
Yes you definitely can
I remember that foodcourt, is it the one in trinoma? Because i used to eat beef stew there, and when u mentioned the name i knew it’s the one that i used to go to! 🙂 and it’s the reason why i’m searching for this recipe. :))
The one I used to go to was in Robinsons Galeria, Trinoma opened when I was already living overseas
can this be cooked without star anise? will there be a big difference with the taste if cooked without it?
Yes there is a big taste difference without it.
Can I use bay leaf instead of star anise?
Yes you can but it wont have that floral taste
This is also my favorite dish. When in Manila, I usually go to the food court of the Shangrila Mall (corner EDSA and Shaw Blvd, actually in Mandalyong) and you can find the restaurant there . In the US, I try to imitate it using bulgogi or kalbi Korean BBQ sauce. My family love it!
Do u need to make a separate beef broth to be used on this recipe?
Yes but you can just use beef cubes if its easier for you. I just usually buy beef bones and make broth out of it, more tastier
Wow! This is really spot on! Great recipe. After I sauted the onions and added the beef, i threw everything in the slow cooker and left it overnight. It came out really good. Next time I’ll try it with short ribs.
Thanks for trying this and sharing your experience
Does one whole garlic mean 1 singular clove or a whole head of garlic?
1 whole head garlic.
When do you add the fish sauce , are there different kinds? How much
Any fish sauce would od, as for the how much, just add according to your preference. I suggest add 1 tbsp first then taste, if its not enough add a bit more.
Tried this recipe last night, but I skipped some ingredients because I didn’t have them (star anise, cayenne pepper, sesame seeds), but still turned out good. Also noted that the sesame oil gives a very strong taste – before putting it in, the soup actually tasted like bulgogi soup, then ihe taste completely changed after putting the sesame oil
Thanks for tyring it out
This recipe is really close to that of Kimchi’s. Brings back childhood memories. Thank you for this.
Youre much welcome
What can I substitute beef broth with? can I use beef cubes? if yes whats the proportion with water? Super thanks!!! 🙂
Just use one beef cube with 4 cups of water
The anise really makes a difference.
Very delicious! Only thing I’d change is that next time I will use low sodium beef broth and not the regular salted broth that I used this time. I would prefer broth less salty than mine turned out so that I can drink more of it because it is so tasty. Thank you for sharing your recipe!
Thank you for trying it out
Tried it today and ot turn out successful. My family super liked it. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Will prepare it again soon
Thanks for trying it out.