I have a 250 gram beef brisket stored inside the freezer. We bought it last Sunday for 5,000 KRW ($5) to be cooked as “changjorim,” a korean meat side dish made with soy sauce, sugar and ginger. We forgot to buy ginger so I haven’t touched the meat until now. So this afternoon I went to the neighborhood grocery but their ginger all looked dry. I thought that instead of cooking changjorim, I’ll just cook the beef with the beef sinigang mix my mother brought when she visited us. So I bought a bunch of shigumchi (spinach- 1,400 KRW), tomato (300 KRW) and kaji (eggplant – 2 for 500 KRW). Minari (chinese watercress) is more appropriate for sinigang but it wasn’t available.
The nice thing about sinigang is that it’s so easy to cook. I just boiled the beef until tender. And added the beef sinigang mix plus all the vegetables (onion, tomato, eggplant, spinach, radish). It was good even if the spinach was a bit overcooked. I didn’t even wait for my husband to come home… so I ate alone and unfortunately, I ate about two cups of rice! Hay!