Bulgogi | 불고기
Origin - Korea
Bulgogi (불고기) which comes from the combination of two words, bul (fire) and gogi (meat) is undoubtedly one of the most popular Korean dish in the world. It is essentially marinated grilled beef of the highest quality, generally using sirloin, tenderloin, or rib eye with good marbling.
It is generally prepared in a sweet and savory sauce that consists of soy sauce, sugar, and Korean pear juice. After it is left to marinate overnight, the meat is cooked on a barbecue or stove pot griddle to bring out the flavors of the meat and marinade. Bulgogi can also be cooked with vegetables which will naturally build up some juice in the griddle and can be used to be poured on top of steamed rice afterwards.
[ Fun Fact ]
Bulgogi has been used in many different types of recipes. There are ones like Bulgogi spring rolls, Bulgogi stew, and even Bulgogi pizza!
Since the sweet and savory Bulgogi is the key component to those dishes, whichever dish you choose to enjoy, it will be tasty without a doubt. Almost every Korean restaurant will serve Bulgogi in some shape or form, so check our your local Korean joint for a plate of that tender flavorful goodness!
[ History ]
Bulgogi is believed to have originated during 37 BC through 668 AD (very long ago!) where it was originally called maekjeok, with the beef grilled on skewers. It stuck around for so long in Korea because it was that good! Because beef was expensive back then, it was a delicacy that was served only to the wealthy noble class.