Anna Hansen Welsh Lamb neck with fennel kimchi


  • 2kg of Welsh Lamb neck, on the bone
  • 40g of flaky sea salt
  • 60g of soft brown sugar
  • 20g of English mustard
  • 30g of fennel seeds
  • 30g of garlic
  • 12g of rosemary
  • 12g of thyme
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 1 white onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 fennel bulbs, roughly chopped
  • 1 leek, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp of black mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp of Urfa chilli flakes
  • Olive oil
  • 2l of chicken stock
  • 40g of spring onions, sliced
  • 350g of carrots, cut into thin rounds
  • 520g of fennel, finely sliced
  • 1/2 Chinese cabbage, shredded
  • 15g of Korean chilli flakes
  • 15g of garlic, sliced
  • 50g of ginger, julienned
  • 1 1/2 tsp of flaky sea salt
  • 80g of sugar
  • 3 tsp of fish sauce
  • 3 tsp of light soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp of shrimp paste
  • 85g of butter
  • 50g of shallots, diced
  • 1/2 tsp of thyme, chopped
  • 30g of ginger, peeled and julienned
  • 250g of carrots, finely sliced into rounds
  • 40ml of double cream
  • 50g of plain flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 80g of breadcrumbs
  • Vegetable oil
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Fennel cress


  1. To start, marinate the lamb neck. Use a blender to blitz the marinade ingredients until they form a smooth paste and rub it over the lamb neck. Cover and leave to marinate for 12 – 24 hours.
  2. Take the lamb out of the fridge 1 hour before cooking. Heat the oven to 150˚C/gas mark 2.
  3. Cook the lamb in a heavy-based saucepan on a medium heat. Add the fennel, chopped onion and leek to the pan and cook for 10 – 15 minutes until the lamb is soft and tender.
  4. Add the marinated lamb, mustard seeds, Urfa chilli and chicken stock. Bring it to the boil and cover with a lid. Braise it in the oven for 1.5 – 2 hours (or until tender and beginning to come off the bone.)
  5. Take the lamb out of the pan and leave to cool. Use a sieve to stain the braising liquor and measure out 350ml. Shred the meat and mix it with the braising liquid.
  6. Press the meat into a 16x9cm terrine mould, cover with greaseproof paper and top with a flat board, big enough to cover the surface of the meat. Top with weights and leave it to press in the fridge for 24 hours.
  7. Wait until the day of serving to make the kimchi. Mix the sugar, salt, fennel, carrots and Chinese cabbage and leave in a colander for two hours.
  8. Mix the rest of the ingredients together (except for the spring onions), dry the cabbage mixture and mix them both together. Finish with the sliced spring onions.
  9. Make the carrot purée by melting the butter in a saucepan on a medium heat. Once it starts to foam add the shallots, ginger and thyme and cook until soft.
  10. Add the carrots, cover with a lid and gently cook for a further ten minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  11. Add the cream and some water and continue to cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally until the carrots are tender. Take off the heat, put in a blender and purée the carrots until smooth. Season to taste and leave to one side. (Reheat before serving).
  12. Take the pressed lamb neck out of the mould and slice into 180-200g portions. Put seasoned flour, beaten eggs and breadcrumbs in 3 separate dishes for crumbing the lamb.
  13. Coat a portion of lamb with flour; dust off any excess and coat with the beaten egg. Let any excess drip off and then press into the breadcrumbs to form an even coating.
  14. Put a large frying pan on a medium – high heat. Pour in some vegetable oil so that it reaches 1/2cm up the side of the pan. Add a knob of butter and as it starts to foam, add the crumbed lamb portions.
  15. Cook until golden brown on both sides. Take out of the pan, drain the excess oil on some kitchen towel and slowly reheat the carrot purée.
  16. To serve, add a swirl of carrot purée to each plate, top with a portion of crumbed lamb neck and finish with some fennel kimchi, and fennel cress. Serve while hot.

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