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Korean Beef Stew

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 20 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Korean


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.


Units Scale
  • 1 kg beef ribs or beef brisket
  • 1 stalk baby leeks, sliced
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp sesame oil
  • 4 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 pc star anise
  • 1 whole garlic, minced
  • 1 red onion, minced
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • fish sauce
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • spring onions, to garnish
  • chillies, sliced (optional)


  1. Sauté garlic until its golden brown and crunchy, set aside garlic.
  2. In the same pan add onions and sauté until translucent.
  3. Add and brown the beef.
  4. Pour in the soy sauce then add the beef stock just enough to cover the beef, if 4 cups is not enough add water.
  5. Add the star anise and brown sugar. Bring to a boil and simmer for 45-60 minutes or until beef is really tender.
  6. Add sesame oil, sesame seeds, leeks, cayenne pepper and the crispy garlic. Simmer for additional 5 minutes.
  7. Flavour with fish sauce and season with black pepper. Garnish with spring onions.