12 (Sun) July 2020
1++ Hanwoo Sirloin Strip Steak
-Changgok, Sujeong, Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea-
with the Family, Mom and Dad
When presented with options on where to have dinner in honor of his 75th birthday, my father rejected them all and instead requested that I cook Italian at home. I suppose that I should’ve been flattered, though his tone suggested that he merely preferred to stay in, not that he enjoyed my food so much.
Happy birthday, Dad!
The centerpiece of the meal was steak. I purchased a pair of gorgeous 1++ hanwoo sirloin strips, despite the butcher’s warning that they’re too marbled for steak – “I can handle it,” I assured him. I handled it by searing the meat on intensely high heat to create a thick, crispy crust, which provided a textural contrast to the super juicy fatty interior. Indeed, the meat stayed moist even when cooked to medium well, as preferred by my father. While the steaks don’t look that great in the featured photo, they were.
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