Braised Beef and Eggs, Jangjorim
Janjorim is a traditional Korean side dish that always reminds me of mom's lunch boxes. I still can't believe every single morning mom made lunch boxes for all three of us. A lunch box usually consisted of rice and 2-3 side dishes. Mom tried to vary the side dishes daily so we wouldn't get bored of the same stuff. Lunch time was always something to look forward to in the midst of hard school life. (Trust me, Korean schools are hardcore!) It was even better when the lunch box was filled with my favorite things. I remember being always pleasantly surprised by Janjorim, especially when it was made with quail eggs.
This is a very delicious side dish that can be eaten for any meal. It can be kept in the fridge for more than a week, so you can make a big batch and then serve small portions whenever you don't feel like cooking. You can warm it up in the microwave for 1-2 min before serving.
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|for beef broth|
|1 lb 5 oz||Beef, flank 양지 (can also use shank or brisket)|
|1||Onion (Medium) 양파|
|2||Green Onion 파|
|3 clove(s)||Garlic Clove (whole) 통마늘|
|4 oz||Korean Radish 무 (optional)|
|2 tbs||Cheongju, Korean Rice Wine 청주 (optional)|
|½ oz||Peppercorn 통후추 (optional)|
|1 cup||Soy Sauce (regular) 왜간장|
|⅓ cup||Sugar 설탕|
|6 clove(s)||Garlic Clove (whole) 통마늘|
|¼ tsp||Black Pepper 후추|
|2||Green Chili Pepper 풋고추 (optional)|
|5||Egg 계란 (optional)|
Optional Ingredients and Substitutions
Eggs: You don't have to add any eggs if you don't like them. Also, quail eggs are great in jangjorim. You can buy quail eggs from Korean grocery markets.
Radish and green chili peppers can be omitted. Instead of green chili pepper, you can use dried red chili pepper for a spicy kick.
Cheong ju (korean rice wine) or white wine can be a very nice touch. Add 2 tbs when making broth.
Beef: For beef, you can use flank, shank, or brisket (any braising beef with grains that enables you to shred the meat nicely). Of course, you can use more expensive and tender cuts if you like.
You can also use pork or chicken instead of beef. For pork or chicken, add ¼ tsp of minced ginger.
Sugar: You can use brown sugar or agave syrup if you don't like to use regular sugar.
How to store
Place in a sealed container and keep it in the fridge. If someone has touched the leftover with their chopsticks, you can boil it once and cool it down before storing it in the fridge.
To keep it longer than a week, freeze it in a tightly sealed container. Thaw and microwave it a couple of minutes to warm it up but don't overcook it. The meat freezes very well. Eggs can be frozen but won't taste as good. You can always freeze the sauce and the meat only and add freshly hard boiled eggs when you serve.
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Ingredient amounts in the recipe instructions are for the default serving size.
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Ingredient amounts in the recipe summary are for the default serving size.
1. Soak beef
Soak beef in cold water for 20 min to remove blood. This is nice to do to get rid of gamey smell but you can get away without doing.
Soak beef in cold water
2. Prepare vegetables
Wash, peel and cut the onion into quarters. Wash and cut green onions into 5 inch pieces. Peel, wash and cut 100g (about ⅕) of Korean radish (optional) into quarters. Peel and wash garlic and cut off the roots. Wash green chili peppers.
Cut into large pieces
Peel, wash 9 garlic
& cut off root
Wash green chili peppers
3. Make beef broth
Cut the beef into large chunks (about 2” by 2” or a bit larger). In a large pot, add beef, 6 cups of water, 3 cloves of garlic, onions, green onions and radishes (optional). (OPTIONAL: You can also add a few peppercorns and 2 tablespoons of chungju, Korean rice wine.) Let it boil with a lid on high heat for 30 min. Save the beef chunks and the broth on the side. (OPTIONAL: You can pour the beef broth through a fine strainer for cleaner broth without floating bits.)
Cut beef into large chunks
In a large pot, add
Boil High Heat 30 min
Strain the broth (optional)
4. Hard boil eggs
Hard boil 5 eggs for 15-20 min. (OR 15-20 quail eggs for 10 min.) Cool them down in cold water and peel off the shells. You can add more eggs if you like.
Cool down in cold water
Peel the shells
5. Cook in seasoning
In a pot, add 5 cups of the beef broth, the cooked beef, 1 cup of soy sauce, ⅓ cup of sugar, ½ teaspoon of black pepper, 6 cloves of garlic and 2 green chili peppers (optional, you can also used dried red chili pepper). Cook on medium heat with a lid on for another 30 min.
In a pot, boil
Med Heat 30 min
6. Remove meat
Turn off the heat. Remove the meat from the sauce and set it aside to cool it down (15-20 min). Add the peeled eggs in the sauce.
Turn off heat
Add eggs to sauce
7. Shred meat
Once the meat is cooled down, shred it by hand.
Cool down meat
Shred by hand
8. Add meat to sauce
Flip the eggs so the soy sauce is evenly absorbed. Add the shredded meat back into the sauce and let it sit for at least 20 min.
Add meat to sauce
Let it sit 20 min
Serve the meat in a side dish bowl. You can serve the eggs as a whole or cut into halves or slices. Drizzle some sauce on top. You can add sesame seeds and shilgochu (shredded dried red chilli peppers) for garnish. For storage, see tips above.
Serve on plate
Drizzle sauce on top