I love Korean BBQ! I remember the first time my parents and I went out for Korean BBQ. I was only about 11 or 12 but that night is still talked about because it was the funniest things that has ever happened to us at a restaurant. We didn’t know exactly what to do or how to eat it. I think we were thinking it would be more like a “Benihana” where they would tell how what to do and how to eat. If you’ve never been to a true Korean BBQ joint, it is super fun! Theres a grill in the center of your table but instead of someone cooking it, you cook it. There are usually a ton of tiny side dishes from kimchi, cucumber salad, radish salads, potato salad, to a plate full of just lettuce. When we went the first time, our server could clearly see that we were new at this whole thing. So she came over to show us how to cook it. In her very broken english, she was trying to tell us how to eat it but she wasn’t able to get her point across. So she grabbed a lettuce cup, filled it with meat, and proceeded to cram the whole thing into my dad’s mouth. None of us were prepared for that, especially my dad! We still laugh about it every time we go to Korean BBQ. Now I try to mimic most of that experience at home which is always a fun dinner party.
Pork Bulgogi Yield: 4 servings
2 pounds Pork Loin
1/4c Soy Sauce
1T Brown Sugar
1T Rice Wine Vinegar
3 cloves Garlic, minced
1 inch piece of Ginger, minced
1T Sesame Oil
To Start: Slice the Pork thin (or if you have an asian store that has thin sliced pork, use that) place the pork in a big ziplock bag.
Step One: Mix everything in small bowl making sure everything is mixed well, add the marinade to the bag and let sit in the fridge for 4 hours or over night.
To Start: Heat a cast iron pan on medium/high
Step One: In small batches cook the pork until it is cooked through. The meat is cut so thin that it’ll cook fast.
If you wanted to make this for a dinner party use a griddle in the center of your dinning room table and let your friends cook their own.
Serve Bulgogi with lettuce to use as a wrap and add your favorite asian hot sauce, as well as some traditional sides you can buy at your local asian store, or make your own.