Seasoned raw beef

Yukhoe 육회

Hello hello, everybody! : )

I’m happy to introduce Korean-style steak tartare to you! If you like raw fish, I am sure you will love this dish.

I tasted yukhoe for the first time in when I was in my second year of university in Seoul. Don’t ask me when! Just long time ago! ; ) A bar in the Jongro area of Seoul was famous for their rice wine and yukhoe. Most of their customers were university students. Their yukhoe was unbelievably delicious ! : )

Since I tasted the yukhoe, it became not only my favorite dish but also my specialty food. When I came back home, I tried to recreate the recipe through memory. Yes, garlic! There was a lot of garlic! The thin beef strips were in so garlic juice, my tongue was a little sore!

You don’t have to use as much garlic as I do in this recipe, but if you want to taste my yukhoe, you’ll have to do it my way. Got it? : )

When I lived in Missouri in the 1990s, I invited my Japanese friends over to my house for dinner. I made yukhoe and kimchi noodle soup for them. One of them went crazy when he tasted my food! He face broke out into a sweat because the noodle soup was pretty spicy for him, and he loved the yukhoe I made! He kept saying: “Delicious, delicious…”

Yukhoe is made with raw beef, so you’ll have to choose very fresh beef. Go to your butcher and ask for very fresh filet mignon (tenderloin) or beef flank steak that arrived in the store on that day. If your butcher says: “Our fresh beef comes on Wednesday,” then you’ll have to wait  until Wednesday!

Enjoy the recipe!

Korean raw beef, yukhoe


½ pound of fresh filet minon (tenderloin) or fresh beef flank steak, Korean pear, soy sauce, honey (or sugar), sesame oil, garlic, ground black pepper, salt, sugar, roasted sesame seeds, and pine nuts.

Steak Preparation:

  1. Slice the beef into pieces ⅛ inch thin, and then cut it thinly again to make small match sticks. Keep it in the fridge.
    chopped beef
  2. Mix 2 cups of cold water with 1 ts sugar in a bowl. Julienne the pear into 1 cup’s worth of matchsticks. Add it to the sugar water to keep the pear from going brown.

Make sauce:

  1. Mix 6 cloves of minced garlic, 1 tbs of soy sauce, 1 tbs of honey, 2 tbs of sesame oil, and ¼ ts of ground black pepper in a bowl.

Put it together:

  1. Combine the beef with the seasoning sauce and 2 ts of sesame seeds.
  2. Strain the pear and place it on the bottom of a serving plate and add the seasoned beef over top.
  3. Sprinkle several pine nuts over top and serve as a side dish with rice or with alcohol.



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