Korean Spicy Tofu Stew With Beef

All in one dish !

My family loves Korean dishes, and among the dishes , this stew is their favourite. It is also my favourite. It has meat, soup, tofu and vegetable in one dish. So normally I don’t need to cook other dishes when we are having this.

In Korea they normally used soft tofu instead of firm ones, but I prefer firm tofu. So it would be up to your preference.

Ingredients

  • 400g shabu shabu cut sliced beef, sliced further into smaller pieces
  • 105g sliced onion
  • 30g minced garlic
  • 125g cubed carrots
  • 1 pack of mushroom (bunashimeji or enoki),
  • 12g sesame oil
  • 1800ml water
  • 266g kimchi
  • 180g gochujang (korean spicy paste) – depends on your own spicy tolerance level, so add it little by little according to your taste.
  • 2 blocks of firm tofu or soft (to your preference) – big chunks
  • 12g sugar
  • fish sauce to taste
  • green onion

Method

  • Heat up your pot, add the sesame oil, then sauté your garlic and onion. Add in the beef slices, then sauté for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the water. Followed by the kimchi, carrots and mushrooms. Let it boil
  • Add the gochujang, note that the less gojujang you put, the less red the stew would be.
  • Add the tofu followed by the fish sauce and sugar. Let it boil further for about 2-3 minutes
  • Topped with green onions and serve hot.

Serve hot!

Bicol Express

Creamy Coconut Pork Belly

Bicol is a province in the Philippines that is known for their spicy dishes, especially the Bicol Express. It is a pork dish that is simmered in coconut milk with the right amount of heat, plus the subtle hint of shrimp paste, together all these ingredients make a wonderful tasty dish that goes so perfectly well with a bowl of steaming hot rice.

You have the option of using pork shoulder or pork belly, but I prefer pork belly pan-fried, because I want it to be a little fat but not too fat. Pan frying it would render out the oil from the fats prior to simmering it with the coconut milk. Sliced pork belly is faster to cook then the pork shoulder too.

Ingredients

  • 500g Sliced Belly
  • 50g minced onion
  • 1 whole minced garlic
  • 8 bird eye chili or 1 red long chili (if you cannot take the heat)
  • 330g coconut milk
  • 150g coconut cream
  • 220g water
  • 20g shrimp paste (can be bought at Fairprice, international section : Philippine products
  • fish sauce to taste

Method

  • Pan fry the pork belly without adding oil. The oil rendered out from the fat is sufficient enough to fry it. Fry both sides until becomes golden brown. Slice it into smaller pieces. Set aside
  • In heated wok with 2 tablespoon of oil, sauté garlic and onion. Add in chili, followed by the meat. Stir and pour in the water, shrimp paste, coconut milk and cream, Stir until all well combined.
  • Let it simmer until the sauce becomes thicken, add fish sauce to taste
  • Serve with a steaming hot rice
Shrimp paste
Easy and Yummy

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