Thursday, November 4, 2010

Joe can cook! Episode 13: Corned Beef?

Once in a while, i turn adventurous in the kitchen, especially after looking at different cuts of meat at the supermarket and buying everything on impulse. On that particular weekend, we saw a chunk of corned silverside. Thinking that the size and price was cheap enough to experiment for a roast beef meal, we bought it. Although when we went back home and googled "corned silverside", we realised that people don't cook roast with it, rather, they make a corned beef with it.

So taking several recipes and combining it all together, i dumped everything into the pot and let it cook away.

Serve either hot or cold, with a side of mash and gravy or in a sandwich like the Reuben sandwich, it has a briny taste despite being being boiled in water with a mixture of ingredients that i will list out below. However at AUD 6 a kg, this will last you many meals if you are on a budget.

All you need is a pot full cold water, put in the beef and the following:

Bay leaves (3-4)
Garlic (4-6 cloves)
Onions (1 chopped roughly)
Ginger (half a knob)
Peppercorns (a small handful)
Kicap manis (2 table spoons)
Cloves (6-8)

Boil for 2 hours under low to medium heat. The meat should float once it is cooked.

Some recipes that i have read online, re-use the cooking liquid for cooking vegetables or mix together with a roux as a sauce, while others throw it all away. I threw mine away because i suspect alot of brine was in that water from the beef. The call is up to you. You can always pre boil the beef to get rid of the brine.

So if you are up to cooking some corned beef for a reuben sandwich, well now you know how to make one!


Michelle Chin said...

I go google what reuben sandwich is!

Life for Beginners said...

I wish I was half as adventurous as you, mate. I'm just too lazy to hit the kitchen, not when there is so many easy options outside, from the hawker stalls to the restaurants... :P

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mchin: its an american thing haha, so do u know what it is?

lob: well i dont have rm5 hawker stalls for me, my friend..

babe_kl said...

i wonder if we can get such a cut here??

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Now you can open your own deli! And sell corned beef sandwiches. LOL

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

bbabe: more like save money and tapau sandwiches for lunch! hehe

babekl: im sure u could, if you find hard enough, i reckon the more specialised butchers at the supermarkets MIGHT have it.

J said...

I've always wondered - where's the corn in corned beef? *baffled*

Sean said...

wah, i've never heard of silverside before. i guess we're too used to the usual steak cuts (tenderloin, etc....)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sean: yeah its one of those uncommon cuts bcos its not for grilling..

j: haha god knows?

Gillion said...

Have you tried dumplings and roast ducks? They are the famous and traditional Beijing dieshes. And also bird's nest soup? Its a delicacy in China.

Enjoy your days~~~