Easy Bulgogi, Korean BBQ
Bulgogi is probably one of the most popular Korean dishes. It’s a great recipe to try when introducing people to Korean cuisine and is easy to make at home without a lot of fuss and strange ingredients. Everything can be found at you local grocery store.
The word bulgogi literally means fire meat. It’s thinly sliced beef, usually ribeye or sirloin, that has been marinated and cooked over a grill or flat top.
It’s typically served with lettuce, kimchi, rice, and dipping sauces. You take a lettuce leaf and layer a little rice, bulgogi, kimchi, and sauce to build a wrap. This isn’t mandatory, or course, and you’re free to enjoy it any way you like. My husband prefers to pour the bulgogi over a bowl of rice with some of the cooking juices.
One of my favorite memories of sharing food with my husband involves bulgogi. We were getting engaged and my mother arranged for a little party at one of her friend’s restaurants. My husband was new to Korean food so I just ordered a few dishes I thought he would like. Those of you familiar with Korean dining know that the food is served family style but I forgot to mention that to my husband who was delighted to see a large plate of bulgogi placed right in front of him. He devoured the entire plate! Only when one of the other guest at the table asked for some did I catch the blunder. He was embarrassed but we all had a good laugh and ordered more. Of course my mother liked him because he had a good appetite.
Delicious Korean beef dish.
- 1 1/2 lbs thinly sliced ribeye or cut of choice beef
- 1/2 shredded Asian pear or apple
- 1/2 thinly sliced onion
- 3-6 bunches of green onion, sliced into one inch pieces on diagonal
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1 tbsp sugar optional
Place all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well. Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator at least 2-4 hours.
Cook over medium-high heat in a pan or wok. Serve.