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Quinoa Ssäm Salad with Australian Waygu Beef, Asian Pear-Fennel Kimchi, and Micro Thai Basil

Quinoa Ssäm Salad with Australian Waygu Beef, Asian Pear-Fennel Kimchi, and Micro Thai Basil


6 Persons


Asian-Pear Fennel Kimchi:

      • 1 large Asian pear, skinned and diced small
      • 1 head of fennel, core removed, thinly sliced
      • 1 English cucumber, diced small
      • ½ onion, thinly sliced
      • ¼ cup salt
      • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
      • 1¼ cup sweet chili sauce
      • 1 ounce sugar
      • 4 tablespoons sesame oil
      • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
      • ½ ounce Korean chili flakes

Wagyu Beef:

      • 2 pounds Waygu beef, strip loin
      • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
      • 1 tablespoon canola oil
      • 1 tablespoon micro Thai basil

Quinoa Ssäm Salad:

      • 2 cups quinoa
      • 3 cups water
      • ½ cup chopped cilantro

To Assemble and Serve:

      • 2 heads Bibb lettuce, core removed, leaves kept whole and rinsed
      • 2 tablespoons sriracha chili sauce


For the Asian-Pear Fennel Kimchi:
Combine the Asian pear, fennel, cucumber, onion, and ¼ cup salt and let sit for 20 minutes. Add the vinegar, ½ cup of the sweet chili sauce, sugar, 2 tablespoons sesame oil, fennel seed, and Korean chili flakes. Allow to rest over night.

For the Australian Wagyu Beef:
Season the wagyu with salt and pepper. Heat a sauté pan. Heat the canola oil over medium and sauté the beef until it is medium-rare, about 3 to 4 minutes per side, depending on thickness. Remove the beef from the heat and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice thin and sprinkle with micro Thai basil.

For the Quinoa Ssäm Salad:
Combine quinoa and water in a medium pot. Bring to a simmer on medium heat, then lower the heat and cover. Cook for 8 minutes, stir, then cook for an additional 5 minutes. Spread on baking sheet to cool. Toss ¼ cup of the kimchi and cilantro with the quinoa.

To Assemble and Serve:
Arrange the lettuce, quinoa, kimchi, and beef on platters. Serve with the remaining 2 tablespoons of sesame oil and Sriracha on the side as dipping sauces. Diners should use the components to create lettuce wraps.

Source: http://starchefs.com/cook/recipe/bill-kim/quinoa-ssam-salad