Bulgogi- Korea

Bulgogi (Korean grilled pork or beef)
Nutrition Information
  • Serving size: 100g
  • Calories: 181g
  • Fat: 13g
  • Saturated fat: 2.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 5
  • Sugar: 4.3g
  • Sodium: 1g
  • Fiber: 0.7g
  • Protein: 11g
Recipe type: Grilled meat
Cuisine: Korean
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The literal translation for Bulgogi is “Fire meat”. This creates the impression that this is a hot dish, but this is not necessarily so. The Korean Chilli paste (Gochujang) used in the recipe is normally on the medium scale (but this can vary, depending on the brand). One thing is certain though, this dish is on fire with flavour. The ingredients come together in a pungent, sweet, salty and caramelised medley of flavours that dance in the mouth
  • Pork or sirloin steak, thinly sliced – 500 grams
  • Medium white onion - thinly sliced – 1
  • Spring onions- white part chopped into 1-inch pieces - 3
  • Sunflower oil or vegetable oil – ¼ of a cup
  • Toasted black sesame seeds - 1 tablespoon
  • Green part of spring onions – chopped (reserved from above)
For the Marinade:
  • Korean chilli pepper paste (Gochujang) – 4 tablespoons
  • Soy sauce or Tamari (for gluten free) - 3 tablespoons
  • Mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine) – 3 tablespoons
  • Soft brown sugar - 2 tablespoons
  • Honey – 1 tablespoon
  • Sesame oil - 2 teaspoons
  • Garlic - finely chopped – 1 clove
  • Asian pear – 1 finely grated
  • freshly ground pepper
  1. Combine all the ingredient for the marinade. Using a blender, combine to form a thick sauce
  2. Reserve ½ cup and keep in the fridge
  3. Pour remaining marinade over the steak and add onions (white and spring) . Allow to marinate for at least one hour, but preferably overnight
  4. Heat vegetable oil in a griddle pan until very hot. Fry marinated meat in small batches until nicely browned (frying in small batches will prevent the meat from boiling and becoming tough)
  5. Serve on white rice, garnished with the green part of spring onions and sprinkled with sesame seeds The reserved marinade should be served in a separate bowl - for spooning over the dish when eating.
Great with Kimchi

Gochujang can be bought in many mainstream supermarkets or on-line (e.g through Amazon) .If not available, it can be substituted by using Chilli flakes moistened with a little Soya sauce(but at the loss of depth of flavour)

This recipe yields 2 portions

Image Credits

Sidebar image credit L. W. Yang / CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons