Sweet, sour and spicy, this easy beef bulgogi recipe is one you'll be making again and again! It's a brilliant Korean beef recipe that is great for a quick midweek meal or a homemade takeaway!
Korean food has always been one of those cuisines that I've never really got to know. Most recipes seem to call for pastes and ingredients that I just don't have. Consequently, as much as I have often wanted to get to know it, I've ended up making Chinese, Thai or Vietnamese recipes instead. I've only ever been to one Korean restaurant in my life, and that was in my early twenties! I remember the other people around the table cooked beef and vegetables on a hotplate in the centre of the table. Unfortunately in those days I didn't eat red meat and so ordered my own salmon dish instead. Only now do I think, how I missed out!
Learning about Korean Food
Anyway, recently I decided I needed to learn more about Korean food. I borrowed a Korean recipe book from the library, and was intending to experiment by making kimchi. Unfortunately, after renewing it a few times the book expired and I had to take it back. I had enjoyed looking at some lovely pictures but was no nearer to trying out the food.
What is bulgogi?
It seemed I was looking for excuses not to make a Korean dish. I resolved to try harder. I turned to the internet and after doing a little research I decided to try bulgogi which is Korean marinated and barbecued ribeye steak. After looking at quite a few recipes I came up with my own easy beef bulgogi recipe. Although I'm not an expert in Korean food, after a lot of reading I think this is a pretty authentic recipe.
Unlike with some recipes, I already had a lot of the ingredients. The only thing I needed to get was the steak. The dipping sauce was also my own invention, but inspired by various online versions which were all quite different.
The finished result was delicious. I don't like overly sweet savoury dishes but this one isn't too sweet. Definitely a dish to make again.
Easy Bulgogi Recipe
Easy Beef Bulgogi Recipe
- 300 g ribeye steak
- 2 tsp sugar
- 2 tsp rice vinegar
- 1.5 tsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp soy sauce Korean if possible
- 1 tsp crushed chillies
- 1 tsp root ginger grated
- pinch black pepper
- ½ onion sliced
Ingredients for the dipping sauce
- 4 tbsp soy sauce
- 1.5 tbsp rice vinegar
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 chillies
- Slice the steak as thinly as you can against the grain. If you put it in the freezer for half an hour first it makes it easier to slice, but it's not necessary.
- Make the marinade by mixing all the other ingredients together until the sugar dissolves.
- Pour the marinade over the beef and onions and mix in well so the steak is coated all over in the marinade.
- Put in the fridge overnight or for at least an hour.
- Prepare the dipping sauce. Slice the chillies finely. Add the other ingredients. Mix well and put in small individual bowls to serve alongside the bulgogi.
- Cook the steak. You can grill it, barbecue it or use a griddle pan.
- Serve with rice, lettuce leaves and dipping sauce. To eat put some rice and meat in a lettuce leaf. Wrap it up a little and dip in the sauce.
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