Friday, March 30, 2007

Bulgogi

Korean food anyone? Growing up I was a meat and potatoes kind of girl. We just didn't do ethnic food of any kind (even Chinese take out) until I was well into high school - and even then, it was basic Chicken and Broccoli. It wasn't until I started dating Nathan, who is 1/2 Korean (his mom), that a whole new world opened up to me.

And, he reminds me every time we eat anything remotely "un-american."

For a while I have been wanting to make Bulgogi (Korean BBQ Beef) at home. I always thought it was too complicated...too time consuming. It's not - and what makes it even easier, is that you can do most of the prep work the night before. (I tastes better that way anyway!) The most complicated part of the meal is making the rice!


If you have an Asian Market in your city, take a visit, and pick up some Kimchi, pickled Diakon Radish, and Gochujang - a spicy chili paste. (And, look for a product called "Lux" - the body wash is amazing!!!) You will then be on your way to absolute deliciousness!

KOREAN BULGOGI

1 lb top sirloin
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp white sugar
salt and pepper
3 green onions, sliced on an angle
1/2 cup sliced white button mushrooms
lettuce of your choice
prepared rice

The night before: Slice beef super thin. (Hint - stick the beef into the freezer until the meat just begins to freeze - it will make slicing it a lot easier!) Place beef, green onions and mushrooms into a zip-locked plastic bag. In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, sugar and salt and pepper. Pour into bag. Refridgerate over night, turning bag once halfway through.

Day of: Make rice. Preheat an indoor grill pan. Once pan is hot, place marinated beef and vegetables on grill and cook until beef is no longer pink. Remove from heat.

To eat: Wrap meat, vegetables and rice inside a lettuce leaf. Top with a little Gochujang. Enjoy!

2 comments:

Erika said...

Oh my gosh. I've never had bulgogi. Never had Korean come to think of it (at least that I know of). That looks absolutely amazing! I want to reach right in through the screen and take a bite. (Copying recipe...)

:-)

Julie said...

I just made bulgogi for the first time last week after reading about it in Anya Von Bremzen's The Greatest Dishes. Good stuff and you're so right about being able to do everything before hand. It makes for a good weeknight meal because it's on the table in the time it takes to cook the rice.

I didn't try it with kimchi or daikon but I'll have to the next time I make it.