About this recipe: The Korean dish Bulgogi literally translates to 'fire meat'. Also popular in China and across Asia, 'fire meat' offers a refreshing change from standard fare recipes. An ice cold beer is recommended with fire meat. Delicious and easy to prepare.
Marinating the meat longer than 2 hours just turned it to a slimy, mushy mess. I marinated mine for 2 hours, than drained off the marinade, reserving it for later, patted the meat dry, and browned in batches in a 12-inch skillet so the meat would actually brown. Only after all the meat was browned and added back to the pan, did I add the marinade do the pan. Don't use round steak, it gets tough and rubbery very easy and has a livery taste, use sirloin or flank steak for better tenderness and flavor. - 27 Dec 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
A couple of options regarding the marinade: If done in a wok, cook the meat and veg first. Put on a plate, then add the marinade to the wok and reduce. Pour on top of the meat/veg. If done in a skillet, make sure it is 12" which covers a very large cooking area. Flared skillet is even better. Make sure liquid evaporates as quickly as possible. You want browned meat. In either method, make sure your pan is screaming hot. You can always add soy sauce, but you can't take it away. So marinade your meat using 1/2 soy sauce and 1/2 stock or water. Don't marinade the sesame seeds. As you're heating up your pan, put the sesame seeds in and swirl a couple of times in the dry pan. Reserve and add on top of the cooked mixture. That way, the sesame seeds get toasted, then relax to let the oils re-distribute. Who wants a wet sesame seed? I don't know if it's Chinese, but I added scallions (green onions) at the end. Fabulous. IN the end I separated the meat from the sauce, and cooked soba noodles in the sauce with some water added. This is a great starter recipe. Expand your horizons with it. I made spring rolls with some, and red lettuce leaves with others. Either way it was delicious. - 03 Jan 2008 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
We made this last night and loved it. Used london broil and sliced it partially frozen on the meat slicer so as to get those paper thin slices. Didn't have leeks but don't know as they would've added anything. As suggested, we rolled each one up in a red lettuce leaf, along with about a tablespoon or so of rice that had been cooked with chicken broth and asian seasonings. Using the lettuce made it very refreshing. Although the beef was tender having been sliced so thin, it may benefit from adding a tablespoon of water and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to the marinade. This will give you beef that'll melt in your mouth! As for the heat, I thought it'd be too much, but after cooking it really mellowed and even my low-heat tolerant husband agreed that it could be bumped up a bit. All in all, great. Easy, quick cooking, very tasty. - 11 Sep 2003 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)