Lately I’ve been really into Korean food ranging from tofu soups to shaved ice. I’ve also really enjoyed the pre-marinated pork BBQ and pre-made side dishes including Seasoned Dried Squid from the store and thought that it would be good to learn how to make them myself.
So far I’ve made these two dishes a couple of times and adapted them to what I like. Thought I’d share in case you also enjoy trying new foods.
Spicy Pork BBQ (Dwaejibulgogi)
- Slices of Pork Belly, Pork Shoulder, or Pork Loin – 1 Pound
- Minced Garlic – 4 Cloves
- Chopped Green Onion – 1 stalk
- Sliced Onion – 1 Medium Onion
- Minced Ginger – 1/2 Teaspoon
- Sesame Oil – 2 Tablespoons
- Soy Sauce – 1 Tablespoon
- Black Pepper – 1/4 Tablespoon
- Brown Sugar – 1.5 Tablespoons
- Hot Pepper Flakes – 1.5 Tablespoons
- Hot Pepper Paste – 4 Tablespoons
- Sliced Zucchini – 1 – 2 Zucchinis
- Lettuce leaves
Sauce: Mix together all ingredients (except pork, onions, zucchini, and lettuce) and adjust to taste. If you like spicier add more pepper paste, if you like saltier add some more soy sauce etc.
Cooking: Mix in pork and onions and let it sit for a couple of hours (at least 2) before cooking. Cook on a stove or a grill. More specifically, just cook each side and keep flipping until it is done. Use scissors to cut into bite-sized pieces.
Keep some of the pork sauce in pan and cook Zucchini using the same method until it is to your liking. I like my zucchini both well done and crunchy–both are yummy!
Last step is to set it up so you can wrap lettuce around the pork and eat. You can also add rice in lettuce with the meat, but I chose to just wrap pork with the lettuce.
Seasoned Dried Squid (Ojingeochae-muchim)
- Dried Squid – 1/2 Pound
- Sesame Oil – a little under 1 Tablespoon (to taste)
- Honey – 1.5 Tablespoons
- Sugar – 1/2 Tablespoon
- Hot Pepper Paste – 3.5 Tablespoons
- Minced Garlic – 2 Cloves
- Toasted Sesame Seeds (optional)
Sauce: Mix all but the squid and sesame seeds and taste the sauce to see if it’s to your liking. Adjust to taste.
“Cooking”: When the sauce tastes good, add in the dried squid. Mix and enjoy. I don’t actually like toasted sesame seeds, but you can add some before eating if you like them!
This is super easy to make since there really is no cooking involved, just mixing. I made this for a party last night and it was (surprisingly) a total hit. Everyone wanted to take some as they left as well!
Seal in an airtight container and you can enjoy this for the next week or two. Yum. Goes great with rice and really anything else bland.
Hope you guys like these two dishes! I really like this blog for Korean recipes.