As many of you know Joe and I just recently moved to Spain from Korea and one thing we greatly miss from our time in the Land of the Morning Calm is the food. Going out for bulgogi or galbi was a weekly tradition. We would return home with full bellies and clothing that smelled like a BBQ grill. Shortly after we moved to Spain I met a new friend, Rena, who is half Korean and she gave me a delicious recipe for my own spicy pork bulgogi. You’ll need Gochujang, the spicy Korean red pepper paste which can be found at most Asian markets.
Korean Spicy Pork Bulgogi
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 lb. pork loin, cut into thin strips
5 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 Tbsp. honey or sugar (you may need more later to tame the spiciness)
2 Tbsp. red pepper flakes (for those of you who don’t like food really spicy I would use 2 tsp.)
1 yellow onion, sliced
1 pinch black pepper
2 Tbsp. toasted Sesame oil
2 sprigs, green onions, chopped
3 Tbsp. Red Pepper Paste (Gochujang)
salt to taste
1. Mix all ingredients
2. Marinate pork in mixture at least 3 hours but preferably overnight.
3. Cook over medium high heat in a frying pan or grill pan.
4. Stir occasionally until well done and browned.
5. Add more sugar to taste if it’s too spicy.
Serve with white rice and steamed green beans!