Korean-style Beef Pancakes with Spicy Dipping Sauce Recipe
Dean Edwards, ex Masterchef finalist and TV chef, combines food trends - cooking with rapeseed oil and street food - to create a tempting recipe
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- Cook the rice in boiling water for 20-30 minutes until tender, drain well and mix in the 4 finely sliced spring onions.
- Meanwhile, place the beef slices 2 or 3 at a time between 2 sheets of clingfilm on a chopping board and beat them with a rolling pin to flatten them until they are about 0.5cm thick. Put the slices in a shallow dish, sprinkle with 1⁄2 tbsp soy sauce coating the meat. Set aside.
- Put the flour in a large bowl, whisk in the eggs, 1 tbsp soy sauce, about 2-3 tbsp water and the chopped chilli to make a batter.
- Heat the rapeseed oil in a wok or frying pan. Dip the marinated beef strips into the batter to coat them evenly, shaking off any excess batter. Fry them in batches for 1-2 minutes each side. Take out and drain them on kitchen paper on a plate. Put in an oven on low to keep them warm.
- Fry the pepper strips in the same pan for 1-2 minutes and add to the beef.
- To make the dipping sauce, place the 4 roughly chopped spring onions and whole garlic clove in a small food processor with 2 tbsp soy sauce, the white wine vinegar, sweet chilli sauce and sesame oil. Blitz until combined but not smooth. Pour into a bowl and sprinkle the sesame seeds on top.
- Cut the cooked beef rounds into finger width pieces and serve on top of the pepper strips.
- Garnish with lime wedges, sliced red chilli and chopped coriander.
- Serve with the rice and dipping sauce.
- To reduce the salt content, use reduced salt soy sauce and in smaller quantities.
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