KOREAN BBQ RECIPE
We in Australia think the barbie is something very true blue aussie, but that doesn’t mean that other countries aren’t also famous for their BBQ recipes, and one of my favourites comes from Korea. They have some delicious marinades that the soak the meat and vegetables in before cooking them on the grill, and here I will share one very tasty and popular one called ‘Bulgogi’.
The first and most important ingredient is the beef, which should be a tender cut and crucially, needs to be cut as thin as possible. Get a very sharp knife and slice it carefully, getting it as thin as you can. You could even ask the butcher to cut it for you, or if you are lucky to have an Asian store nearby they might sell meat specifically for Bulgogi.
300g sliced mushrooms
200g sliced capsicum
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp rice cooking wine
1 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsp toasted sesame seeds
1 tbsp chopped spring onion
2 tbsp minced onion
Note: If you are unable to find rice cooking wine then sake or red wine are other substitutes.
First mix together all of the ingredients for the marinade and then add the beef and mix it together with your hands to be sure to make the minced onion from the sauce is able to tenderise the beef. Leave the meat in the marinade for as long as you can, at least 30 mins but best if you can leave it overnight.
Now you are ready to cook! At home you can do it with a pan or griddle, but be careful not to overload it as because it’s not a grill the juices will not drain off and it will become more of a soup. Also be careful that if using your barbie to put steel mesh over the grill as remember you have very thin, small pieces of meat. If camping then check you have a camp grill with not too large gaps, or use some tin foil over the top.
The idea is to sizzle the meat so be sure to have a high temperature, and don’t be stressed if it is a little burnt, that is part of the idea. Add the vegetables about a minute after you put the meat on the grill.
It’s a great idea to get everyone to be cooking together and keeping an eye on the meat to see when it’s ready, rather than it being just one person’s responsibility. So get a lot of tongs and even chopsticks to share around so you can be chatting while cooking and eating the pieces of beef and veggies as they are ready.
You can eat this with rice and salad if you wish, and if you really want to indulge in Korean flavours get some kimchi to have as well! Be sure to warn people who don’t know about the spiciness though!
Do you have any other favourite recipes for the barbie that are a bit exotic? Share your ideas below.