Korean Braised Beef Brisket (Jangjorim)
Jangjorim is a popular Korean braised beef brisket side dish. This authentic recipe makes tender beef and it is perfect for a bowl of rice
It is meant to be served as side dish, usually chilled or at room temperature, but can be served as simple meal with some rice.
So tender and slightly sweet, this is the one side dish that will be gone as soon as it hits the table.
You can ask for more, but just letting you know, they will give you THE look that you don’t wan to see.
After all, it is beef no matter how cheap the cut is…
The dish is called “Jangjorim (장조림)”, typically made with beef brisket or beef eye round.
Some makes with pork but I like beef better. It is glorious “banchan (side dish)” on any table.
You can make a batch and store in a air tight container in the fridge for as long as a month.
When you are in a rush or too tired to cook, you will be glad that you have this cow soaked in delicious sauce waiting for you.
And, of course, it’s not that difficult to make at all. A little patience is all you need…
How to make Korean Beeef Side Dish
Let’s check out the ingredients.
Beef, leek, ginger, peppercorn, bay leaves, Korean soy sauce, soy sauce, rice wine, and sugar.
I used beef eye round this time. Brisket is another wonderful choice.
Boil the beef in plain water for 5 minutes. Drain and discard the water. Why?
This step will get rid of the yucky scums and some fat from the meat.
Now, let’s start with clean pot again.
Pour about 5 cup of clean (I mean real clean…) water and add the flavor crews.
Boil and simmer for 30 minutes, covered.
Strain and reserve 2 1/2 cup of stock. Discard the veggies.
But keep the main actor, the beef!
Cool down the beef a little and shred them into bite sizes.
Now, put the beef back into the pot and add the reserved stock.
Mix soy sauces, sugar, and rice wine.
Add into the pot to mingle with beef.
Bring to boil and simmer over medium-low heat, UNCOVERED, for 20 minutes or so until…
the liquid reduces this much.
Throw some chili peppers if you like the gentle kick in the flavor.
The overall flavor (even with chilies) is mild enough that even my kiddos can handle.
Cool them down first and store in the airtight container. You can keep them in the fridge as long as you want, but I promise you that it won’t last that long.
It only lasted 2 days in my house until every single drop of juice went into our stomach.
Note: You will see some particles of fat floating on top after chilled. If that bothers you, simply microwave for 10 seconds.
Korean Braised Beef Brisket (sogogi jangjorim)
- 1 1/4 lb beef brisket or beef eye round
- 1 leek or 1 medium onion, roughly diced
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 tsp black peppercorn
- 4 garlic cloves
- 3 slices ginger, about 1/4" thick
- 3-4 chilies, cut in half
- 5 cups water
- 6 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp Korean soy sauce
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp rice wine
- In a medium sauce pan boil beef in water for 5 minute. You will see lots of scums floating in the pan while boiling. Take the meat out and discard the water.
- Place the partially cooked meat in the clean sauce pan again and add 5 cups water, leek, bay leaves, peppercorn, garlic, and ginger. Let it boil and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.
- Remove the meat from the pan and set aside to cool down a bit. Strain the stock through a mesh and reserve 2 1/2 cup.
- Shred the beef into bite size. Place them back in the pan and pour the reserved 2 1/2 cup stock. Add the soy sauces, sugar and rice wine, mix well. Bring the pan to boil over medium heat and reduce the heat to medium low. Continue to cook down the liquid, uncovered, for about 20 minutes. When the liquid is reduced about to the level of beef, add chilies and cover the lid. Continue to simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely.
- Serve at room temperature or chilled.
- The beef should be kept in an airtight container and can be stored in the fridge up to a month.
- Note: Once chilled you will see a little bit of fat particles floating on top. If that bothers you, microwave for 10 seconds and you will get a clear juice again.