I made Korean short ribs on the weekend and was not happy with the quality of the meat. The marinade was on point, but the ribs were not up to my standards. Subsequently I was left with a lot of short ribs and nothing to do with them. Lucky for me, Meg’s a pinner and recalled a recipe that would use up my leftovers.
The recipe is from Half Baked Harvest, a Short Rib Pho French Dip. To be honest, I thought it looked a little fucked. I’m not pho-sho about the whole Asian fusion thing. It’s out of my wheelhouse. Regardless, I decided to make the sandwiches. I called my sister and her husband over to sample the product and they were delighted. Surprisingly, they were very complimentary, which then turned to doubt – did I in fact make the sauces? Yes I did.
1 large Fuji apple
1 large Asian pear
1 1/4 cups soy sauce
3/4 cup sugar
1 onion, roughly chopped
4 green onions, chopped
5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ginger, minced
3 tablespoons sesame seeds
1/4 cup sesame oil
5 pounds LA-style beef short ribs (short ribs cut thinly and across the bone, 1/4-inch thick)
For the marinade: Grate the apple and pear into a large bowl, making sure to catch all of their juices.
Add the soy sauce, sugar, onions, garlic, ginger, sesame seeds, and sesame oil, mixing thoroughly.
Add the short ribs to the bowl and mix everything well by hand, ensuring that all the ribs are thoroughly coated with the marinade. Place the bowl in the refrigerator to marinate the meat for at least 12 hours before cooking. (The longer you marinate the meat, the better it tastes.)
If using the bbq: Grill ribs for about 5 to 7 minutes, or until the meat is browned on all sides. If using an oven: Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil. Place 7 or 8 strips of meat on a nonstick rack, then put the rack on top of the lined roasting pan. Cook at 450° F for 15 minutes, depending on your oven. Flip the meat and continue cooking for another 5 to 10 minutes. Cook the meat in batches until it is all roasted.
To ensemble sandwiches:
Cut bun in half, lengthwise. Spread Thai basil chimichurri on bottom half of bun. Add thinly sliced beef ribs onto bottom. Add 2 slices of swiss cheese. Place under broiler until cheese is melted. Re open sandwich. Add bean sprouts, pickled turnip/carrot, jalapenos and fried egg. Take remaining chimichurri and sauce from beef ribs and put in a bowl. Use for additional dipping.