Beef Bourguignjang (Spicy Beef Stew)

  • SERVES: 6 to 8
  • PREP: 40 minutes
  • TOTAL TIME: 3 hours, 15 minutes

The classic French beef stew, reimagined with an extra oomph of spice from gochujang, a Korean chile paste.

I don't know that much about ASMR, but listening to a bubbling pot of stew is a great way to relax. I like a classic beef stew like French beef bourguignon, but I wanted to put a new twist on it to make things a little spicier and interesting. Enter: beef bourguignjang, made with spicy Korean gochujang, aka hot red chile paste, common in stews like kimchi-jjigae and stir-fried rice cakes called tteokbokki. It's super thick, crimson red, and made of gochugaru (red chile pepper flakes), fermented soybeans (kinda like miso, super umami), salt, and glutinous rice (aka sticky rice). The sticky rice actually adds an underlying sweetness to the paste, so it's not super IN-YOUR-FACE spicy. Adding it to a slow-simmered beef stew brings extra depth of flavor, the right amount of spiciness, umami, and a bright red color. Once you have a tub (I like Chung Jung One, which is about $5 at an Asian grocery store and $8 on Amazon), use a little in your stir-fries, salad dressings, on roasted vegetables, or anything that needs a little more oomph.

  • 3

    pounds beef chuck, cut into 1 ½-inch cubes

  • 1

    tablespoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoningfinely chopped

  • 4

    tablespoons canola oil

  • 8

    ounces thick-cut bacon, diced

  • 1

    large onion, finely chopped

  • 2

    pound carrots (about 4 medium or 6 small), peeled and cut into chunks

  • 8

    whole peeled garlic cloves

  • ¼

    cup gochujang (such as Chung Jung One)

  • ¼

    cup tomato paste

  • 1

    750 ml. bottle dry red wine (such as Pinot Noir)

  • 2

    cups low-sodium beef stock

  • 1

    bay leaf

  • 1

    teaspoon dried thyme

  • 4

    tablespoons butter

  • 1

    pound frozen pearl onions, defrosted

  • 1

    pound button mushrooms, preferably small (about ½ inch); halved or quartered if larger

  • 3

    tablespoons flour, plus more as needed

  • 2

    tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • +

    kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

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