- 450-700g thinly sliced sirloin.
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 3T white sugar
- 1T sesame oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 yellow onion, halved and sliced into slices.
- 2 green onions finely sliced
- 2T toasted sesame seeds
- 2 pinches black pepper
- 1/4 t fresh ginger, minced
- Whisk all ingredients together except beef and onions. Once sugar has dissolved, add beef and onion slices to the bowl and massage the marinate with your hands into each slice of beef. Cover and refrigerate for 1-3hrs. Pan fry, few slices of beef in single layers and completely flat, on each side.
- Serve with white rice.
- Serve with fresh lettuce and other side dishes.
I can say with absolute confidence, that Korean food is my favourite cuisine in the world. So my kids have no choice, they HAVE to love it too. I only know the 'popular' international Korean dishes such as bulgogi, kimchi, chapche, bibimbap, kalbi….but I'm sure there are a million other amazing dishes to discover if you visit Korea. I have a dear friend who lives in Korea, and I swear I will visit him one day and eat my way through Korea! Until then, I need to make sure my kids love all food Korean… So we now introduce Korean bulgogi to the next generation of foodies!
Directly translated, 'bulgogi' means 'fire meat'. It is a classic Korean dish and refers to marinated meat which is then grilled. It is often served with a side of lettuce, which is used to wrap the meat along with 'ssamjang (a mixed paste of red chilli pepper paste and fermented soybean paste), other side dishes, and then eat together.
Bulgogi is believed to have originated from Goguryeo, and was originally called maekjeok. Until recently bulgogi was considered a celebration dish, eaten on birthdays, weddings and for special celebrations. But now the dish has become an everyday staple, and found in most Korea food venues.
There are many variations to the marinate, according to personal taste. I used a very basic recipe and we all loved it. I used a pan to cook the meat, but we have just ordered a grill for the table so will definitely be using the grill next time!