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February 8, 2012

Old Time Beef Stew, the ultimate winter comfort

Everyone has their own way of making beef stew more flavorful.
Some adds tomato sauce, some pours fancy red wine or beer, some throws herbs and even orange zest...
I just use water.
Yes, water with a couple of beef bouillon cubes for the intense beef flavor.

I like old fashioned beef stew with humble everyday ingredients.
There are times that you just want nothing but plain old comfort food without sensationalizing your taste bud.
This beef stew works for me and for my family.
The ingredients are something you might already have in your pantry and all you need is time to simmer. I add Paprika and a hint of allspice to make this beef stew the flavor of good old time.

One thing I do differently is that I don't add chunks of potatoes in the stew.  I like to eat my stew with creamy mashed potato on the side to soak up all that delicious gravy.
Make this stew ahead of time because it gets even better next day.


2 lb beef chuck or brisket diced into big chunks
2 tablespoon canola oil

1 large onion sliced
3 celery stalks, diced
3 carrots, diced
2 cups water
2 beef bouillon cubes
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 - 1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoon lemon juice, optional
1 1/2 teaspoon paprika
dashes of allspice or cloves
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/3 cup water + 2 tablespoon cornstarch

Here is how:

 Season your beef with salt and pepper. You can coat with flour if you want but I usually skip that.

Now, place a good dutch/french oven on the stove.

 Brown your meat in hot oil. You might need this step in two or three batches.

 Set aside. Keep their juice.

 Slice onion but don't cry...

Add the onions to the pot and saute for 2 minutes.

Pour water to just barely cover the beef and onion.

Peel off a couple of beef bouillon cubes and dump in the pot.

 These are my beef stew flavor crew. Add a bay leaf to the list.

This poor Korean housewife can never ever pronounce the name of this important sauce right.

Why do everyone say it differently?

Anyway, you need to add 1 tablespoon of this "wooster" or "woochester" or "woshestershire" sauce.

This is an optional. I like to add a little bit of lemon juice. You won't taste it but it will tenderized the meat dramatically if the cut is quite tough.

 Throw the other spice along with salt and pepper, and the bay leaf!

Cover with a lid and let the whole thing simmer for 1 1/2 hours or so.

Take the bay leaf out and add the carrots and celery.
Put the lid back and simmer for another 30-40 minutes or until they are folk tender.

 Mix cornstarch with water and pour over the stew, stir. It will take a few minutes to thicken.

 Here, the stew is finished.

Oh, boy!  This is a good stuff!

Serve the stew over your favorite mashed potato soaking up all that good gravy.

 Warm comforting beef stew without breaking your bank account.

Get yourself a nice tossed green salad and some corn bread to go with.

Now the dinner is ready to serve...

Anyone hungry?

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At February 8, 2012 at 4:47 PM , Anonymous Wong CW said...

To be honest, have not had any beef stew for a long time !
I think I can do this at home, thanks !

At February 8, 2012 at 7:09 PM , Anonymous Joyce from MBC * will follow* said...

This sounds really good

At February 8, 2012 at 7:12 PM , Anonymous mai mai fernandez said...

That looks absolutely delightful. Don't need to wait for winter to enjoy this, anyone can prepare for a good hearty beef stew! =)

At February 8, 2012 at 8:31 PM , Anonymous Earl said...

I am now hungry!

At February 8, 2012 at 9:03 PM , Anonymous Starfall said...

thanks for providing new dish for my husband.. thanks for sharing.

At February 8, 2012 at 11:33 PM , Anonymous gks905 said...

 this is good news

At February 8, 2012 at 11:34 PM , Anonymous gks905 said...

i have already come

At February 9, 2012 at 1:09 AM , Anonymous ps3sr said...

MMMmmm! I love a good beef stew, this definately seems a good one for the boys! and the weather is so cold here in England, just what I need to warm up!
Best Wishes

At February 9, 2012 at 2:58 AM , Anonymous Marco said...

Hi, yesterday I saw a half-written post for broccoli and tofu in google reader, but it was not on the website. What happened? We will get that recipe soon? :)

At February 9, 2012 at 4:52 AM , Anonymous Paper-doll-2 said...

Wow, that looks so good! I only had lunch at the university today... What a shame...

At February 9, 2012 at 4:59 AM , Anonymous A said...

I really like your photos. And I love Korean food of course :-)

At February 9, 2012 at 5:07 AM , Anonymous Hiennguyencm1 said...

Ham ăn quá nhĩ!

At February 9, 2012 at 5:08 AM , Anonymous Hiennguyencm1 said...

Ham ăn quá nhĩ?

At February 9, 2012 at 5:14 AM , Anonymous beyondkimchee said...

Yes, you will. Sorry for the mistake. I meant to click the preview button as I was writing the post but ended up clicking the wrong one. I will post as soon as I finish writing up. Thank you.

At February 9, 2012 at 5:19 AM , Anonymous beyondkimchee said...

 I bet is is very cold in England these days. Hope your boys would like the stew. Thank you.

At February 9, 2012 at 5:19 AM , Anonymous beyondkimchee said...

 You are very welcome.

At February 9, 2012 at 5:20 AM , Anonymous beyondkimchee said...

 Me, too.

At February 9, 2012 at 5:21 AM , Anonymous beyondkimchee said...

 Yes, this is the basic classic stew that everyone can make and delicious.

At February 9, 2012 at 5:22 AM , Anonymous beyondkimchee said...

 Hi Wong, Hope you can give this a try soon. Thanks.

At February 9, 2012 at 6:28 AM , Anonymous Bibiananatividade said...

That looks yummy!:)

At February 9, 2012 at 10:02 AM , Anonymous Ellen said...

Yummy! Your're blog is so inspiring! Love it, keep up the good work :D

At February 9, 2012 at 11:07 AM , Anonymous Tiara said...

The dish looks good. I think my favorite part would be the meat. *o*

At February 9, 2012 at 5:20 PM , Anonymous Myinnercheerleader said...

Starving! Looks delicious!

At February 9, 2012 at 5:35 PM , Blogger Captain Power said...

That looks really good, and really good for bodybuilding!!!

At February 9, 2012 at 6:46 PM , Anonymous Husieno Anwar said...

It's been ages since I last attempt this dish, ended in disaster :}

Your recipe and pictures look inviting enough for me to try this out. Thanks.

At February 10, 2012 at 1:48 PM , Anonymous Anna said...

This looks good. And it is woostershire sauce! Definitely. I live in england!

At February 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM , Anonymous Melissa said...

I almost always cry when I slice the onions. ;_;
But this stew would make me happy, not cry.

At February 11, 2012 at 8:38 AM , Anonymous kese said...

im so hungry nooooooow!!!!! :)

At February 11, 2012 at 12:23 PM , Anonymous Barbyburg78 said...

wow, very beautifull.  Come find me if you like. :) 

At February 12, 2012 at 5:43 PM , Anonymous Alana Kelsey said...

Oh my gosh. Just reading this made me hungry. The pictures look so beautiful, I can just about imagine the taste just looking at it. Yum! (^_^)

At February 13, 2012 at 6:02 PM , Blogger mesh fence said...

超级喜欢哦,尽管刚刚吃过饭,我又感觉饿了,周末一定要尝试下。I like your food so much,I am hungry after eating breakfast in one hour.Haha,I will try it this weekend.Thanks for sharing!

At February 14, 2012 at 3:35 AM , Anonymous Mohamed Emara said...

very good

At February 14, 2012 at 5:34 AM , Anonymous Elaine said...

Yummy! I could just eat that now :)
I live in the UK..home of Lea & Perrins and I pronounce it Wooster sauce :)

At February 17, 2012 at 4:20 AM , Anonymous Buyrsgold said...

I am hungry! Any place where can I buy it?

At February 17, 2012 at 1:57 PM , Anonymous Grifith69 said...

I Just Cannot Wait to try this recipe

At May 21, 2012 at 1:40 AM , Anonymous chang long said...

nice idea.. thanks for sharing.


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