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Bulgogi-style Braised Short Ribs with Baby Bok Choy

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  • 3 lb 1.5 kg Beef Simmering Short Ribs (chunky cut, about 5), Simmering Steak or Stewing Beef such as Shank
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tbsp sesame oil, divided
  • 1 whole head of garlic, separated into cloves and peeled
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp minced fresh gingerroot
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped green onions
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar or cider vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch mixed with 1 tbsp cold water
  • 5 baby Bok Choy, halved lengthwise
  • Toasted sesame seeds and/or broken cashews for garnish, optional
  • Steamed rice


  • Trim fat from meat. Season all over with salt and freshly ground pepper. Heat 2 tbsp oil over medium-high heat in Dutch oven or large heavy pot; add beef and brown all over.
  • Combine garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, gingerroot, onion, vinegar and water in 4 cup bowl. Pour over beef; bring to a boil. Cover and transfer to 325°F (160°C) oven; cook for 1-1/2 to 2 hours, until meat is fork-tender.
  • Bok Choy: Heat remaining 1 tbsp sesame oil in large skillet over medium-high heat; add bok choy and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes, flipping occasionally. Add HALF of the cooking sauce and stir in HALF of the cornstarch mixture; cover and cook until simmering and sauce thickens slightly, about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Garnish with sesame seeds or cashews.
  • To serve, remove beef to platter; keep warm. Stir in remaining cornstarch mixture into remaining cooking sauce; heat over high heat for 2 to 3 minutes, until bubbling and thickened slightly; spoon over beef. Portion beef and bok choy onto plates, along with steamed rice or noodles if desired.