Bulgogi (Korean Barbecued Beef)

    Bulgogi (Korean Barbecued Beef)


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    About this recipe: Marinated beef strips and vegetables are barbecued or grilled. Best served over rice, with spring rolls and Korean cucumber salad (from this site)!!

    Serves: 4 

    • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
    • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon monosodium glutamate (MSG) (optional)
    • 500g beef sirloin, thinly sliced
    • 1 carrot, julienned
    • 1 spring onion, chopped
    • 1/2 onion, chopped

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:2hr40min  ›  Ready in:3hr30min 

    1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, garlic, sugar, salt, black pepper and MSG (if using). Place beef, carrots and onions in the bag; seal, and shake to coat the vegetables and beef with the sauce. Refrigerate for at least 2 1/2 hours. I prefer to marinate mine overnight.
    2. Preheat an outdoor barbecue for high heat. Remove meat and vegetables from marinade, and place on a large sheet of aluminium foil; seal. Discard marinade.
    3. Place on cooking grate, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or to desired doneness.


    If it's too cold to bring out the barbecue, make this in a ridged griddle pan on the hob or under the grill.

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    Reviews (2)


    Me and my girlfriend made this and we loved it. The flavors were subtle but well balanced. We will definitely be making this again. - 01 Jan 2016


    It was good but to me, it did not taste like authentic Korean bulgogi. Maybe more soy sauce can be used, and brown sugar and a bit of cornstarch added to the recipe. It did leave the kitchen smelling yummy though! - 01 Oct 2009

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