I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but Korean food is having a bit of a moment. It’s not a cuisine I’ve really explored but I keep reading about it, and it turns out that Korean food is really healthy and colourful, with lots of vegetables and simply cooked, good quality meat forming the basis of many dishes. I tried a Korean crispy lamb recipe from Simply Beef and Lamb, and it’s so easy, it can be on the table in about twenty minutes. This dish uses Gochujang (Korean chilli paste), which I was initially a bit worried about tracking down, but it turns out you can buy it in Waitrose and loads of places online. If you can’t find any, just use any other punchy chilli paste. As usual when choosing lamb, I always look out for a quality mark like the Red Tractor logo – I need to know that it’s responsibly produced, and the logo tells you that you’re buying farm assured, quality meat).
Korean crispy lamb
1 large pack lamb mince
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
3 tbsp Korean chilli paste (Gochujang) or other hot chilli paste
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
Salt and pepper
300g rice or udon noodles
Spiralised vegetables: I used 300g each of courgette and butternut squash
Juice of 1 lime
2-3 spring onions, finely chopped
Sweet chilli sauce, to serve
In a large bowl, mix together the lamb, garlic, chilli paste, soy sauce and rice wine vinegar. Season well.
Heat a large non-stick frying pan until really hot, then dry fry the mince for 15 minutes on a high heat, turning occasionally and breaking up the clumps with the back of a wooden spoon.
Meanwhile put the noodles in a large bowl, cover with boiling water and set aside for 2-3 minutes until soft. Drain and set aside.
Add the spiralised vegetables and drained noodles to the pan with the mince (add the harder ones like carrot first). Season if required, add the lime or lemon juice and toss gently to mix.
Garnish with the spring onions and serve with a dash of chilli sauce.
So delicious and easy! You can even buy ready-spiralised vegetables if you’re feeling lazy.
For this recipe, and for loads of other inspirational recipes, check out the selection of Korean recipes on Simply Beef and Lamb’s website. We’re going to try the classic beef bibimbap next.