Yukgaejang (Spicy beef Soup)

    4 hours 48 mins

    This is a delicious Korean one pot beef soup. The recipe is speeded up by using a pressure cooker. This recipe calls for kosari, a dried bracken fern, but it can be left out if it is not found in your area.

    Ann Lee

    Washington, United States
    2 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 350g (.75 pound) flank steak
    • 500g (1 pound) mung bean sprouts
    • 24 green onions (cut in half)
    • 10 cups (2.5l) water
    • 3 tablespoon Korean red pepper powder
    • 2 tablespoon crushed garlic
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon Dashida (Korean soup stock)
    • 100g (.25 pound) vermicelli noodles
    • 10 stems dried bracken fern (kosari) *optional*
    • 4 eggs, whisked

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:1hr40min  ›  Extra time:2hr38min  ›  Ready in:4hr48min 

    1. Put the dried bracken fern (kosari) in warm water and soak overnight. Cut into lengths of 7 cm (3 inches) long.
    2. Cut the steak in lengths of 10cm (4 inches) long. Put the beef in a pressure cooker and add 2 cups (500ml) water, cook for 20 minutes on medium heat. Turn off the heat and leave the pot for 15 minutes and open the lid. Take the meat out and shred it by hand. Place the beef in a medium bowl. Add the remaining 8 cups (2l) water to the pot and bring to a boil.
    3. Cook the mung bean sprouts in the boiling water for 10 minutes and wash in cold water and add to the shredded beef. Add the bracken fern stems to the beef, as well. Season the beef mixture with red pepper powder, crushed garlic, salt and black pepper and mix well.
    4. Boil the vermicelli noodle in boiling water for 12 minutes or until noodle gets soft and clear and wash with cold water. Drain the noodles in a colander. Cut the stem off and trim the green onions and cut in half. Put the seasoned beef, sprouts and bracken fern stems into the beef broth and cook for 20 minutes.
    5. Add the green onions and Dashida and cook for 10 minutes and add whisked eggs, boil another 10 minutes.
    6. Put a small amount of boiled vermicelli noodle into individual soup bowls and pour in the soup, serve with steamed rice.

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    Although this recipe was a little challenging for me I had to make it because this is the ultimate Korean dish for me (besides Kimchi and Kalbi). Whenever I am sick or am in need of something spicy, this is the dish. I love adding rice into the soup which make the soup that much better. Hands down, this recipe is the best!!!  -  02 Feb 2010