Easy Beef and Mixed Rice

This is a Korean staple and an extremely popular dish – perfect for a quick and simple weeknight meal. To make life easier, find one of those funky peelers that creates fine, long strands of veggies to save on the knife work – it will be your friend for life. If you don’t fancy mixing raw egg into the rice, simply fry some eggs and serve on top.


  • 370g short-grain white rice
  • 90g bean sprouts
  • 60ml rice or white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 pinch chilli powder
  • 3 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 carrot, sliced into thin matchsticks
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 zucchini, sliced into thin matchsticks
  • 400g beef, thinly sliced
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 60g Japanese (or regular) mayonnaise
  • 1 spring onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • hoisin or soy sauce, to serve


Rinse and cook the rice until tender but not mushy.

Blanch the bean sprouts for 30 seconds. Drain and refresh under cold running water. Set aside.

Combine the vinegar, salt, one tablespoon of the soy sauce and the chilli powder in a small saucepan. Bring to the boil and stir to dissolve the sugar, then allow to cool. Pour over the bean sprouts and set aside.

Heat 1 teaspoon of the sesame oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Add the carrot and garlic, stir-fry for one minute then add the zucchini. Set aside.

Heat the remaining sesame oil in the pan over medium–high heat. Add the beef and stir-fry for one or two minutes, until browned and just cooked through. Add the remaining soy sauce and set aside.

Divide the cooked rice between serving bowls and arrange the carrot, zucchini, beef, pickled bean sprouts and egg yolks on top. Dollop with a little mayonnaise and scatter over the spring onion and sesame seeds.

Recipe taken from Ben’s Meat Bible by Ben O’Donoghue
Taking his inspiration from around the world, Ben O’Donoghue brings you 130 recipes guaranteed to please any carnivore. With everything from comfort food greats like classic roast pork and southern fried chicken, to international favourites like Tonkotsu miso ramen and beef fajita, Ben’s Meat Bible takes you beyond the boring old ‘meat and three veg’!

You can purchase Ben’s Meat Bible at cooked.com.

Published by Hardie Grant Books.

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Written by Amelia Theodorakis

A writer and communications specialist with eight years’ in startups, SMEs, not-for-profits and corporates. Interests and expertise in gender studies, history, finance, banking, human interest, literature and poetry.

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