This past weekend I stopped into Wheatville Co-op, a local natural food grocers here in Austin, Texas. I made a bee-line for the self-serve food buffet and began filling my box with mac n’ cheese, collard greens, and Korean beef. This was my first time ever hearing of Korean beef. It looked like ground beef with spices and I was hungry so I piled it in.

When I took my first forkful upon arriving home (I almost ate it on the car ride home, but I restrained myself) I was floored by the intense flavor of the beef. I mean everything else tasted fantastic, even the vegan cornbread (I was pretty skeptical about that one). But the beef. Woooooh!  Umami overload. I could not get that taste out of my mouth. And earlier this week the memory of the taste came back and I decided to find a recipe for Korean beef so I could have it whenever I wanted it.

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So thorough investigator I am, I clicked on the first link that popped up on Google for Korean Beef recipes. I stumbled upon a post by . Blogger Chungah laid out a simple yet delicious looking recipe and I was hooked. I left work later that day and bought the ingredients. Ya’ll that BEEF was DAMN DELICIOUS!! It was the same flavor as the beef I bought at Wheatsville. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to shout out Chungah for bringing this into my life!

I made a few changes to the recipe to suit my needs. I used 80% fat ground chuck, I used regular soy sauce instead of tamari  sauce (I’m hoping to sweat out all the sodium at hot yoga tomorrow),  brown jasmine rice, and I added sauteed kale to add a veggie component. Visit Chungah over at Damn Delicious and be sure to try out this great recipe.

If you are vegan or vegetarian, a great modification for this recipe would be substituting the beef for ground tofu. You could soak it over night in the sauce so that you achieve maximum flavor. Oh my god, my mouth is already watering at the thought of this.

I am making changes to my budget, dining out is something that I want to cut back on. So I am on the look out for awesome food bloggers that have easy and delicious recipes. If you have any recommendations or you are a food blogger yourself, please drop a line in the comments sections. This Korean Beef will now be added to my repertoire of meals that I actually make WELL. Yummm. I want more. Now!