Bulgogi 불고기 | Recipe

Bulgogi 불고기 | Recipe

Welcome to the very first instalment of my new feature, Kitchen Time!
For my very first post I will be introducing you to bulgogi, an absolutely astounding Korean dish made with beef, soy sauce, a bit of sugar, a splash of sesame oil and a few other things I will mention later.

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Bulgogi (불고기), literally meaning fire meat (bul 불 = fire, kogi 고기 = meat), is a Korean dish that consists of grilled marinated beef. It has been featured on many a list of ‘foods to try before you die’ and was apparently a favourite of Michael Jackson. The beef is sliced very thin, marinated for a while in mixture of soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil and some vegetables and then grilled. It is normally served with lettuce leaves (or sometimes other leaves) which are used to wrap the meat along with other side dishes. You can find bulgogi all over the country and nowadays the sauce is even used in fast food on burgers!

The first time I had bulgogi was when I was in South Korea last summer. I fell in love with it straight away and just knew I had to learn how to make it when I got home! I did a bit of research on the internet and found a great recipe which tastes just like I remembered it, and this is the recipe I am going to share with you today.

So without further ado, I give you… Beautiful Bulgogi!

Preparation time: 10 mins/Rest time: min. 1 hour/Cook time: 15 mins. Serves 4.

1-1.5lbs beef, finely sliced (preferably ribeye, but as I am on a student budget I use any frying steak I can get at a reasonable price and it works jsut fine!)
1/3 cup of soy sauce
3 tbsp white sugar
1 tbsp sesame oil
3 cloves garlic; minced
1/4 white onion; sliced, not diced!
2 green onions; finely sliced
2 tbsp sesame seeds
1/4 tsp gochugaru (Korean red pepper flakes)
2 pinches black pepper
1/4 tsp ginger

1. Whisk all the ingredients together in a medium bowl except the beef and the white onion.

2. When the sugar has dissolved, add the beef and white onion and massage the marinade into the meat.

3. Cover and refrigerate. (1 hour is sufficient, but if you’re really efficient then marinating the meat overnight makes it even better!)

4. Grill in single lagers until each side of the meat has cooked.

Serve with a bowl of hot rice and lettuce leaves!

Tips:

  • Partially freezing the meat will help in slicing the meat finely.
  • If you can’t grill the meat, pan frying it with also work just fine!
  • Seriously, marinate it overnight, it is SO MUCH BETTER when you let it sit for much longer than just an hour!

And there you have it! If you give it a try, let me know how it goes!
As always, leave me a comment on this post or feel free to tweet me at @hlou14!

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