cognitive cooking

Yukkai Jang Kuk

500g Braising beef
2l Water
1½ tbs Chili powder
2 tbs Sesame oil
12 Green onions
3–4 cloves Garlic
1 tbs White sesame seeds
1 tsp Sugar
½ tsp White pepper
1½ tbs Dark soy sauce

This chili-red soup is exceptionally hot. It is said that the time to serve it is in the hottest months, when the perspiration it induces has a cooling effect on the diner. It is equally effective ammunition against winter cold.

Cut the beef into cubes and place in a saucepan with the water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 1½–2 hours until the meat is falling apart.

Mix the chili powder with the sesame oil. Trim and shred the green onions. Heat the chili powder and sesame oil in a pan and fry the green onions with the garlic for 2 minutes. Add the sesame seeds, sugar, pepper and soy sauce and fry for 2–3 minutes over medium heat.

Lift out the meat, drain well and toss in the pan for a few minutes. Return the contents of the pan to the stock and bring to a boil, simmering until the soup is well flavored.