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Bulgogi (Korean Barbequed Beef)

Serves 6-8.


1 kg/2 lb lean rump or fillet
3 tablespoons light soy sauce
3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons finely chopped spring onions (scallions)
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon toasted, crushed sesame seeds

Bulgogi sauce

3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons oriental sesame oil
1 teaspoon Korean bean paste
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons rice wine
2 teaspoons toasted, ground sesame seeds
1 tablespoon finely chopped spring onions (scallions)
1 teaspoon chilli sauce
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
2 teaspoons sugar
salt to taste


Cut beef into thin slices and beat them out flat, then cut into
squares. Combine remaining ingredients, using some of the sugar to
crush the garlic to a smooth paste. Mix with the beef, cover and
marinate for 3 hours or longer. Grill briefly over glowing coals and
serve with white rice and bulgogi sauce.

To make the bulgogi sauce: Combine soy sauce and sesame oil and stir in
next 6 ingredients. Crush garlic to a smooth paste with sugar and mix
well, adding salt if necessary.

Serve in small individual sauce dishes.

Recipe excerpted from Encyclopedia of Asian Food by Charmaine Solomon (Periplus Editions, 1998)

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I love Bulgogi it works great for my small family also i use it for small holiday occasions

It works great with a small family or just a couple! I agree with Deborah also!

I totally agree with Deborah....
I am not sure about this photo- it does not seem to be a very good representation of the bulgogi dish I end up with when following the recipe.

i am making it for a school project... I am 17 and it looks pretty gross to me!

Thanks for your comment, Deborah!

Next time you make this recipe, please take a photo for us. We would love to post the image and share with the rest of the community.

Stephanie (Asia Society Online)