Bulgogi is one of Korea’s most popular meat dishes and justifiably so – it tastes amazing! Traditionally, bulgogi was eaten on special occasions like birthdays or weddings. But now, it is served everywhere – from fast-food joints like McDonalds (Bulgogi burgers!) to Michelin-starred restaurants in Seoul.
Here is a simple but delicious way to make it in your own home.
Personally, I think many restaurants make bulgogi way to sweet. Too much sugar. I prefer it less sweet. There are also restaurants which boil the meat in broth. I am pan-frying it here but if you got a nice patio – fire up the grill! Try it out at home and enjoy with a nice bowl of rice. Bon Appetit!
Killer Korean Bulgogi
Yield 4 people
Bulgogi is a type of Korean BBQ made with thin slices of sirloin beef. Before cooking, it is marinated in a mixture with soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, and pureed onions to give it a sweet but succulent taste.
- Thin slices of sirloin beef - 500 g
- Sugar – 2.5 teaspoons
- Pureed Onion - 2 teaspoons (Use 1/2 an onion)
- Minced Garlic – 1 teaspoon
- Soy Sauce – 6 teaspoons (or 2 Tablespoons)
- Black Pepper – 6 turns
- Sesame Oil – 3 teaspoons
- Onion - 1/2 a whole
- Shiitake Mushrooms – 3
- Spring Onions - 2 stalks (each about the size of your forearm)
- Mild red pepper - 1 pepper (optional - use any mild pepper!)
- Place the thinly slice sirloin into a large mixing bowl and pull-apart the thin meat slice into bite-sized pieces
- Put sugar in and thoroughly rub it into the meat. Set it aside and let it marinate for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes: Put in pureed onion, minced garlic, soy sauce, black pepper into the mixing bowl with the meat. Give it a thorough mix.
- Then drop in 1 teaspoon of sesame oil. Give it one more mix with your hands
- Let meat rest again for 10 minutes
- Slice-up onions, shiitake mushrooms, spring onions and mild red pepper. Place vegetables into the mixing bowl with the marinated beef
- Drop in another 2 teaspoon of sesame oil into the mix. Thoroughly mix in with the vegetables and meat!
- Get a non-stick frying pan up to a medium-high heat
- Quickly cook the meat (no need to put additional oil on the frying pan - we used plenty of sesame oil)