Guinness Beef Stew & Bangsan Market

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I have three cans of Guinness, so I decided to try this recipe. Only thing was I didn’t have a crockpot, so I just did it on the stove with some modification.

Guinness Beef Stew
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1.5-2 lbs. boneless beef chuck, cut into 1″ pieces
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 large or 2 medium onions, roughly sliced
1-2 baking potatoes or 5-6 red potatoes, roughly chopped
3 large carrots, coarsely chopped
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 16-ounce Guinness
1 tablespoon Worcestershire
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1 15.5-ounce can low-sodium beef broth or stock
3 tablespoons tomato paste
Salt and pepper to taste
1-2 teaspoon of chili powder (optional)

1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
2. In a bowl toss your stew meat with the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil. Sprinkle with flour, salt, and pepper, tossing to coat all pieces.
3. Cook the meat for a 5 minutes and scrape the bottom of the pot towards the end.
4. Add in the rest of the ingredients. Cover and simmer for about 1.5 hours to 2 hours (or longer if you wish). Stir every so often.
5. Serve with bread, rice, or noodles of your choice.

This stew turned out pretty good! Way better than my previous attempt at corn chowder last year. It really turned out well. So nommy!

Also, today, I finally visited Bangsan Market aka Baker’s Alley in downtown Seoul with my friend Nev. It was really cool seeing all the baking/cooking equipment and ingredients and packaging. I found some cheap plastic boxes (180 won = $0.18) I can stuff things with and little chocolate wrapper for me to make my own truffles or something. I must remember that store that had the cheap boxes! It’s the one right next to Cheonggye 5-ga Underground Market exit 1 (청계5가 지하쇼핑센타); you come out there, and make a U-turn to your left, and it’s the first store there.