Thursday, June 2, 2011

Pork Bulgogi, A Family Dinner

Are you thinking . . . hmm . . . this sounds familiar?

Well if you know Lizzy, who writes "That Skinny Chick Can Bake", then, yes, you probably read about this recently. And when I saw it I knew my family would love it.

Pork Bulgogi
A recipe by Lizzy, that she adapted from her friend, Norm Matthews

1 pound pork tenderloin, sliced wafer thin (easier to achieve when pork is slightly frozen)
Peanut oil

1/4 cup soy sauce (I used low sodium)
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4-6 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
2 tablespoons dry sherry or saki
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes (she reduced it to 1/2 teaspoon, and so did I)
1 large onion, cut into 12ths

Toasted sesame seeds, optional

Method: mix all the marinade ingredients together. Add sliced pork and set aside at least 10 minutes. (I let the pork marinate about 30-40 minutes while I got the rice going.) Heat peanut oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet or wok. Working in batches, cook pork and onions until pork is no longer pink.

After I cooked all the pork, I added the remaining marinade to the skillet and cooked over high heat until reduced a little. Then I used it as a sauce over the pork. (It looks like a lot because I doubled the recipe.)

Pork Bulgogi, brown rice, and blanched asparagus, which were leftovers from the other night, made a great sit down family meal.

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Dessert was charred fresh pineapple slices topped with Tahitian vanilla ice cream and lemon sorbet for my daughter, her favorite.

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Bulgogi is a historical Korean dish dating back to around 37 BC-668 AD. The name means fire meat, the word fire coming from the way the dish is usually prepared over hot heat.
Here's an interesting article I found with variations of the dish and different ways to serve it:

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