I love Korean food, but sometimes it can get expensive to go out to eat and sometimes it's just more fun to try to make your favorite foods at home. Therefore, I have decided to compile recipes for some of my favorite Korean foods. Some of the ingredients listed can be found in your standard grocery store but other ingredients will have to be purchased at specialty Asian markets.
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Dae-ji Bulgogi (Spicy Marinated Pork)
Spicy marinated pork or dae-ji bulgogi is one of my favorite meats to order when getting Korean BBQ. The marinate is always so tasty and is accentuated by a nice char from the barbecue. For the nights where you are craving spicy marinated pork but can't make it to a restaurant, either because there is not one nearby or you are trying to save money, follow the recipe below to make your own dae-ji bulgogi at home!
- 1 lb thinly sliced pork (lean & boneless preferred)
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp rice wine (sake)
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp crushed garlic
- 1 chopped onion
- ½ tbsp crushed ginger root
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp gochujang (Korean red chili pepper paste)
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- Combine all of the ingredients (except the pork) in a large bowl and mix to create the marinade.
- Add the pork to the marinade and let sit for 30-60 minutes.
- Grill or pan-fry and serve with steamed rice and assorted banchan.
Watch How to Make Spicy Pork for Korean BBQ
Bulgogi is possibly one of the most popular Korean meats recipes. It is simply marinated, slice beef but it is often used to top off bibimbap and it is always a popular item at Korean BBQ. Learn how to make bulgogi at home by following the recipe below.
- 1 lb thinly sliced beef (sirloin or rib eye)
- 5 tbsp sugar
- ½ cup soy sauce
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
- 2 finely chopped garlic cloves
- 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
- 1 cup chopped green onions (scallions)
- ¼ tsp salt
- 5 tbsp Mirin (sweet sake, optional)
- Combine all ingredients (except the beef, yellow onion, and 1/4 cup of scallions) in a large bowl and whisk to combine until the sugar has dissolved.
- Ass the beef and onion and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
- Cook the meat over a medium-high heat on a grill or in a pan.
- Garnish with the remaining scallions.
- Serve with rice and assorted banchan.
Watch How to Make Bulgogi
Soondubu jjigae (Soft Tofu Stew)
Soondubu jjigae is one of my favorite things to order at a Korean restaurant. It is a piping hot and spicy cauldron of soup with delicious, silky, soft tofu. Soondubu jjigae is traditionally made with seafood, but I am partial to getting pork soondubu jjigae. You can make your own soondubu jjigae by following the recipe below.
- 12 dried anchovies
- 1/3 cup of dried kelp
- 1/2 an onion
- 5 cloves of garlic
- 3 dried shiitake mushrooms
- 100 grams of beef
- 1 cup of mixed seafood (mussels, squid, clams, etc...)
- 3 shrimp
- 2 green onions
- 1 green chili pepper
- 2-5 tbs of hot pepper flakes
- olive oil
- sesame oil
- 2 tubes of soon du bu (soft tofu)
- 2 tbs of fish sauce
- 2 eggs
- Pour 5 cups of water into a pot and add 12 dried anchovies after removing intestine part.
- Add the onion, kelp, shiitakes and garlic to the pot and boil over high heat.
- Approximately 10 minutes later, lower the heat to low medium heat and boil for another 20 minutes.
- Set aside the stock, take out the mushrooms and chop them into small pieces.
- Heat your earthen ware or ceramic pot (the bowl you will be serving the soondubu in) on the stove and put 2 ts of olive oil.
- Chop the beef, put it into the pot, and stir.
- Add the chopped mushrooms to the pot.
- Add 2 tbs – 5 tbs of hot pepper flakes, to taste, and keep stirring for 1 minute.
- Pour 2 cups of the stock that was set aside into the pot.
- Add the mixed seafood and shrimp.
- Add the fish sauce.
- Cut the tubes of soon du bu in half and squeeze it into the pot. Break the tofu with a spoon several times in the pot.
- When the mixture is boiling, add 2 chopped green onions and 1 green chili pepper.
- Crack eggs and drizzle some sesame oil right before serving or right after it is served.
Watch How to Make Soondubu Jjigae
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