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Bulgogi Recipe

1 pound thinly sliced pork belly (or pork shoulder)
1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
2 – 3 scallions, roughly chopped


3 tablespoons Korean red chili pepper paste* (gochujang)
1 tablespoon Korean red chili pepper flakes (gochugaru)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine (or mirin)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1/8 teaspoon black pepper


Mix all marinade ingredients well.

Bulgogi (Korean BBQ Beef)

Cut the pork belly into bite size pieces (about 2-inch long).

Bulgogi (Korean BBQ Beef)

Combine the meat, onion, and scallions with the marinade and mix well. Marinate for at least an hour.

Bulgogi (Korean BBQ Beef)

Heat a grill pan or a skillet over medium high heat and add the pork slices. Cook until the pork is cooked through and slightly caramelized, turning over once.

*Note: The quality and taste of commercially available gochujang (고추장) varies, depending on brands. Some of the major brand names available in the U.S. are Chungjungwon (청정원), Haechandeul (해찬들), and Sampio (샘표). Each brand makes different types of gochujang, depending on the types or origin of ingredients used. Chungjungwon (청정원) is known for its Sunchang (순창) gochujang. Sunchang (순창) is a town that’s famous for making the best gochujang. Some brands note the level of spice on the package, e.g., no. 3 is medium hot and no. 4 is very hot.

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35 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. May

    I love Korean food. Thanks for sharing the bulgogi recipe… thanks Bee for introducing us to a great Korean food blog. You’re right, it’s the best to learn from the native home cooks.

  2. Fuji Mama

    Just say the words pork belly and I’m there! This looks especially amazing. I love bulgogi, but if this recipe is even half as good as it looks, it’s going to blow other bulgogi recipes I’ve tried out of the water!

  3. Hi Bee. You DO have an amazing site. First off, I love gochujang, I love bulgogi and I love Hyosun and Eatingandliving! I’m so glad you featured this amazing blogger and cook. What a coincidence! I plan on featuring her on my blog this week too! And side note, but congrats on your cookbook!


  4. Wow, I am so glad to find this recipe!! I have been looking for spicy bulgogi recipe for a long time because it’s my husband’s all time favourite Korean dish. Thanks for sharing this, Hyoson :)!!

  5. Brian H

    HI Adeline, There is quite a bit of oil in the marinade as well as fat in the pork, more oil should not be necessary.

  6. mychng

    Hello – I’m wondering if anyone’s in Penang. I cannot find gochukaru anywhere. Is there any particular grocery store that sells gochukaru?

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