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Korean beef stew*

I’ve often been asked, mostly by Filipinos based abroad who intend to vacation in the country, to suggest restaurants where they can take their families. I’ve shied away from making these recommendations because, in many cases, restaurant food is never consistent. While I may enjoy the food in Restaurant X one Sunday in 2008, a year later, after cooks have changed several times, the restaurant menu has changed tremendously and so has the quality of the food.

A bummer, really, but that’s how it is. Chefs and cooks are employees (unless they are also the restaurant owners) and differences arise. Or, sometimes, a better opportunity comes along and the chef or cook moves to another establishment. Those in the inside track follow these sought-after kitchen artists wherever they go while the rest of us have to grumble with the less than satisfying meals in the restaurants they have abandoned.

When I go to a restaurant and I find a dish particularly interesting, I try to deconstruct it. See, if I can deconstruct a dish and learn to prepare it at home, a restaurant can change cooks every other week and I couldn’t care less. It’s a skill I always thank all the kitchen gods for although my daughter Sam is better at it as she can discern even the subtlest flavor and aroma of an herb or spice no matter how small the amount added to a dish.

One such dish is the beef stew from The House of Kimchi. As far as I know, the stew is still is good as it has always been but after we moved to the suburb and found out that the nearest branch was more than an hour’s drive away, I found it better to just prepare the beef stew at home. This is my version.

Recipe: Korean beef stew a la House of Kimchi


  • 1 and 1/2 kilos of beef short ribs, cut into serving pieces
  • 1 whole garlic
  • 1 whole onion
  • 3 thumb-sized pieces of ginger (wash and scrub, no need to peel)
  • 1 tbsp. of chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. of whole black peppercorns
  • 3-4 siling haba (finger chilis), optional but recommended
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 c. of dark soy sauce
  • 3/4 to 1 c. of white sugar
  • salt
  • 12 to 15 stalks of scallions (onion leaves)
  • 1 to 2 tbsps. of sesame seeds


  1. Place the beef in a cooking pot. Cover with water. Place over high heat and, boil for five to ten minutes or until the meat is no longer red. Throw out the water and rinse the beef to remove all traces of scum.
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  3. Rinse out the pot, replace the beef and cover with water once more. Add the whole garlic, onion, ginger, chili powder, finger chilis, if using, and bay leaves. Pour in the soy sauce and stir in the sugar. Simmer gently for two hours or until the meat is very tender.
  4. Halfway through the cooking, taste the broth and add salt. Do not be tempted to add more soy sauce instead of salt; otherwise, the broth will turn too dark.
  5. While the beef simmers, toast the sesame seeds. Place them in a small frying pan and set over medium-low heat. Shake the pan often for even toasting.
  6. Slice the onion leaves finely.
  7. To assemble, place two to three pieces of beef in individual soup bowls. Ladle plenty of broth over them. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and sliced onion leaves. Serve at once.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 2 hours(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

*Republished from the archive — just in case you missed it the first time it was published.


  1. says

    LOL Beth, you’re welcome. Hope that you, your hubby and kids like my version of Korean beef stew. It’s really so easy to make. :)

  2. leeds says

    thanks a lot i’ve been looking for this recipe for the longest time i’ve asked countless HRM pipz for the recipe but cant get one. anyhow i’l be serving it during our fiesta on May 15 hehehehehe

    • says

      Hi i live in Virginia for 2 years now….and i really miss filipino fast foods…and one of my fave is the beef stew at a fast food in manila. I was craving for that beef stew really bad so i searched for beef stew recipes online….although i am a cook i cannot perfect that very same beef stew that i wanted…tll i stumbled in your website….i tried to cook it the next day right away! and man!that is goof stuff! taste exactly the same!
      maybe you could teach me how to bake hte very same pork barbecue they make in kimchi too =)

      • says

        I’m glad to know, Gino. :)

        Hope it turns out well, leeds. :)

        happy, i’ll have to visit Kimchi soon. The only dish I remember really is the stew.

      • ayda says

        just wanted to say thanks for the recipe. it was very easy to follow and the results were AMAZING!

        for a person like me, who rarely goes to the kitchen and cook… well i really had a blast!

        and my husband loved it!

  3. rik says

    thanks for the recipe..I’d been living in london for 5 years now and I always visit “kimchi” in megamall every time I go home..I can’t find it when I went home early this year so I miss my favorite beef stew..I even went to korean restaurant here but the waitress doesn’t know what it is…I even try looking at korean recipe sites but to no avail..nevertheless I’m very happy to have found your recipe..

  4. says

    rik, i think there’s still a branch at the glorietta in makati. of course, now you can make the stew at home. :)

    glad to know that, ayda. cooking isn’t hard, right?

    • margarita says

      please send me a copy of this recipe all the people are raving about!

      kindest regards and looking forward to it!


    • cons says

      Hi Connie! I sooo like your korean beef stew! My husband really loves it. I tried it the first time and it was fantastic! Thank you for sharing your recipe. I really appreciate it. Oh, by the way my name is same as yours.. ;)

        • Vangie says

          Hi Connie,

          Thanks a lot for the recipes. Korean beef stew is one of my favorite dishes and since coming to Canada I haven’t had it for so long. I also love callos which I frequent at Landmark so it is also one of food that I miss. Not anymore, thanks again for the recipes.

          God bless you and your family.


        • Single Dad says

          Hey Connie… single dad here. love beef stew. this one seems an easy formula I could have my cook make. thanks for sharing

  5. Queen says

    Hi Ms. Connie,
    I’m so glad I found your website. This is one of my fave dishes in the world and I used to go to to the Landmark food court whenever I’m in Manila. I haven’t had it for almost 7 years. Looking forward to try this wonderful dish out, now that I’ve discovered the joys of cooking. Just one question: I’m not sure what kind of chili peppers I’m supposed to use. Should I use the siling labuyo or would any kind of pepper do?

    Thanks for your help,