8 oz. sliced mushrooms, optional
1 cup beef stock or broth
1/2 cup soy sauce (next time, I might try low sodium for this)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon Korean pepper paste (or a squirt of sriracha), optional
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons sauce from the crock pot after being cooked
fresh broccoli florets (as many as desired)
In a large skillet, brown the chuck on both/all sides. Then remove from pan and slice into thick strips or cut into chunks. Place beef in the crock pot, along with the mushrooms. Pour in the beef stock, soy sauce, brown sugar, oil, pepper paste or sriracha (if using), and garlic. Pour over beef and mushrooms. Stir to combine, and cook on low for six hours.In a small bowl, stir cornstarch and some sauce from the crock pot together until smooth. Add back to the crock pot. Stir well to combine. Also, add the broccoli to the crock pot, and stir gently to combine. Cover and cook an additional 30 minutes on high (the sauce has to boil for it to thicken).
Serve over hot cooked (preferably Basmati) rice.