I'm not sure if this is authentic, but it tastes like the bulgogi at the Korean restaurants I have eaten in. It's great for entertaining (easy to marinate in advance, and cook on the grill) and the sauce is fabulous!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
7 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 22 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Slice beef with the grain into long strips, about 1 1/2 inches wide, and place into a bowl. Stir together the soy sauce, rice wine, sugar, garlic, sesame oil, pepper, and chile paste in a small bowl. Pour one third of this mixture over the beef, and toss to coat. Marinate at least one hour at room temperature, or longer in the refrigerator. Simmer the remaining sauce, and the green onions in a small saucepan for one minute before pouring into a serving dish to cool.

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  • Wash and dry the lettuce, and trim off any large stems. Gently flatten the leaves with the side of a cleaver or large knife. Arrange on a serving dish.

  • Preheat a grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil grate.

  • Place grate three inches over the coals. Cook the meat to desired doneness, about three minutes per side for medium rare. Slice against the grain into thin strips.

  • To serve, each diner places some beef and sauce into a lettuce leaf, folds it into a bundle, and eats it with their fingers.

Nutrition Facts

166 calories; protein 16.4g 33% DV; carbohydrates 7.4g 2% DV; fat 5.9g 9% DV; cholesterol 36.8mg 12% DV; sodium 941.5mg 38% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (23)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/28/2006
We tried this while camping over the weekend. I don't like to substitute the first time I make a recipe but I looked at THREE different stores for hot chile paste and had no luck. I substituted hot thai chili sauce so I don't now how much that altered the recipe. I did everything else exactly as instructed and we LOVED the results. When I told hubby what I was making I could see the look of doubt on his face -- "wrapped in lettuce leaves???" But I lost count of how may he ate and he has already requested that I make it when we go camping again Labor Day Weekend. I served this with Far East brand Ginger Sesame Rice which was a great accompaniment -- we'd add a little to our lettuce bundle before wrapping and eating. YUMMY! I'm not sure whether to keep searching for the chile paste or stick with the chile sauce. Either way THANKS for the great recipe and a nice addition to our camping trip menu! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/27/2009
Would not make again. There are many other Korean recipies on here that are much better. Try the Korean BBQ chicken. My family liked the marinade better and beef and chicken. Read More
(10)
33 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
08/28/2006
We tried this while camping over the weekend. I don't like to substitute the first time I make a recipe but I looked at THREE different stores for hot chile paste and had no luck. I substituted hot thai chili sauce so I don't now how much that altered the recipe. I did everything else exactly as instructed and we LOVED the results. When I told hubby what I was making I could see the look of doubt on his face -- "wrapped in lettuce leaves???" But I lost count of how may he ate and he has already requested that I make it when we go camping again Labor Day Weekend. I served this with Far East brand Ginger Sesame Rice which was a great accompaniment -- we'd add a little to our lettuce bundle before wrapping and eating. YUMMY! I'm not sure whether to keep searching for the chile paste or stick with the chile sauce. Either way THANKS for the great recipe and a nice addition to our camping trip menu! Read More
(21)
Rating: 2 stars
07/27/2009
Would not make again. There are many other Korean recipies on here that are much better. Try the Korean BBQ chicken. My family liked the marinade better and beef and chicken. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
05/17/2006
This EXCELLENT you did a great job inventing this dish It's a true Korean Delicacy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A 5 STAR Dish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/09/2007
I marinated steak bites for 48hrs and used the remaining sauce over the meat and brown rice (no lettuce leaves - I was worried we'd make a complete mess since the sauce was so runny). Really good flavor though. I also had to use regular white wine since I didn't have rice wine. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/20/2008
This was really good but I think it would make a better stir-fry than grilled dish. Also I would use more chili paste next time to give it more kick. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/08/2008
One of my family's all-time favorites!! My daughter asks me to makes this all the time. Just the smell of the marinade starts everyone drooling. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/23/2008
good dish but not the best korean beef i've tried. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/17/2007
This smelled wonderful as it cooked on the grill & tasted pretty good too. I used green leaf lettuce instead of bibb & leeks instead of scallions. served with soba noodles. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2007
Very tasty -- even my kids ate it up. Wrapped in bibb lettuce it is fairly healthy and the sauce is delicious. I didn't have hot chile paste so I just left it out and it was still wonderful. Rainy day -- I cut the sirloin thinly marinated then broiled it in the oven. Read More
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