This is a tasty dish of marinated beef, tenderised and flavoured with a blend of nashi pear and onion then cooked on a hot plate. Koreans love to eat bulgogi wrapped in lettuce leaves, sometimes with a small amount of steamed rice in the lettuce too, and with condiments such as kimchi, gochujang (chilli paste) or doenjang (soybean paste), which are all available from Korean food stores.
- 600 g beef scotch fillet, sliced as thinly as possible
- 185 ml soy sauce
- 3 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp crushed garlic
- 40 g sugar
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 1 nashi pear, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
- 1½ onions, 1 roughly chopped and ½ finely sliced
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- grapeseed or olive oil
- 3 spring onions, finely sliced
Garnishes and accompaniments
- sesame seeds
- pine nuts
- red chilli, very finely julienned
- lettuce leaves
- kimchi, gochujang (chilli paste) or doenjang (soybean paste)
Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.
Marinating time 30 minutes
Combine the beef with the soy sauce, water, garlic, sugar, salt and pepper. Puree the pear and chopped onion and stir into the beef. Leave to marinate for approximately 30 minutes. Just before cooking, stir through the sesame oil.
Heat a heavy-based frying pan and add a little oil. Grill the beef (in batches if necessary) for around 3 minutes, adding some of the marinade towards the end so the beef doesn’t dry out. Add the sliced onion and spring onion and cook for another minute.
Garnish the beef with sesame seeds, pine nuts and chilli. Serve immediately with lettuce leaves and condiments.
• Koreans love to eat bulgogi by placing a small amount of steamed rice in a lettuce leaf, a slice of bulgogi and small amount of kimchi (pickled fermented vegetable available in Asian stores). Roll up and eat.
• It is polite in Korea not to bite into your bulgogi parcel. Most Koreans will eat it in one bite.