Hi everyone! Recently, I tried a unique Korean side that my Korean church friend made and I fell in love with it right away. It was so good, I thought to share the recipe with you. I learned how to make it from my friend, and today I’m going to share the recipe with you. It is made with walnuts, peanuts, and beef, along with a Korean style sauce that is sweet and savory. I know there are Korean side-dishes made with peanuts, walnuts, and beef, but I’ve never tried one that combine all of them together. lol The result was beyond my expectation. So, let’s get started.
Yield: 2 Cups
Short Korean Lesson
- HoDu (호두) = Walnuts
- DdangKong (땅콩) = Peanuts
- ½ lb Lean Beef (1 Cup)
- 1 Cup Walnuts
- ½ Cup Raw Unsalted Peanuts
- 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
- 1 tsp Sesame Seeds
- 1½ Cups Water
- 3 Tbsp Soy Sauce
- 3 Tbsp Sugar
- 3-4 Tbsp Corn Syrup
- 2 Tbsp Cooking Wine
- ½ Tbsp Garlic, Minced
- 1 tsp Salt
- 2 Pinches Black Pepper Powder
- 2 Pinches Ginger Powder
Prepare 1 cup of walnuts and ½ cup of raw peanuts (or roasted unsalted peanuts, but raw peanuts work better for this dish). You can find raw peanuts in an Asian grocery store. If you have an allergy to peanuts, maybe you can use other nuts such as pecans, macadamia nuts, etc.
Soak the nuts in water for about 15 minutes. This step is optional.
After 20 minutes, drain out the water.
Put them in a pot and pour water over them until they are covered with the water. Start to cook them on high. Boil them for about 20 minutes. This step will help the nuts to not get hard later and they will absorb the flavor better.
Meanwhile, get ½ lb of lean beef chuck. It tastes better if the meat doesn’t have much fat for this recipe.
Cut the beef into thin and small pieces.
Add all the ingredients for the sauce except for the corn syrup in another pot: 1½ cups water, 3 Tbsp soy sauce, 3 Tbsp Sugar, 2 Tbsp cooking wine, ½ Tbsp minced garlic, 1 tsp salt, 2 pinches of black pepper, and 2 pinches of ginger powder. Mix it until the sugar dissolves.
Once the broth starts to boil, add the chopped beef.
Cook it for about 10 minutes on medium-high.
By now, the nuts will be cooked and soft so that they will absorb the flavor from the sauce better.
Drain out the water and rinse the nuts in cold water. This will help to reduce the bitter flavor from the nuts – and totally destroy any healthy components of the nuts.
Drain out the water.
Add the nuts into the pot with the beef and sauce. Continue to cook it for 10 minutes on medium-high.
After 10 minutes, reduce the temperature to medium and add 3-4 Tbsp of corn syrup into the pot. Cook for 15-20 minutes more. Depending on your tastes, you can adjust the sweetness.
In 20 minutes, most of the sauce will be cooked down.
Turn off the heat and drizzle 1 Tbsp of sesame oil.
Mix everything together with 1 tsp of sesame seeds.
Put it in a glass container and keep it in the refrigerator after it cooled down little bit.
You can keep this side-dish in your refrigerator and enjoy it for 1 – 2 weeks. It tastes good chilled so you don’t have to reheat it when you serve it. Enjoy this delicious and high protein side-dish.