February 3, 2014

Cheater Bulgolgi (Korean Beef)


I spent most of my childhood (starting at age 5) and teen years competing in Tae Kwon Do tournaments throughout New England and even wound up at a few Nationals. These tournaments were often an all day event so there was almost always food stands manned by parents selling hot dogs, chips, coffee, etc. My first experience with Korean food was at a tournament where a vendor was selling Kimbap (also known as Gimbap) a rice roll that closely resembles Japanese sushi rolls.

When I was a freshman in high school my family moved to the Chicago area where we were quickly introduced to Korean Barbecues in Chi-Town's Chinatown. I have been hooked on Kalbi (beef short ribs) and Bulgolgi (thinly sliced beef) lettuce wraps ever since. Usually these recipes take some time to make at home because you have to let the meat marinate, preferably overnight, but last week I found a cheater bulgolgi recipe from Damn Delicious that uses ground hamburger and takes only 15 minutes to make!  If you also love Korean food or are looking for quick and easy healthy meals then you will definitely want to add this one to your recipe box. It was indeed, damn delicious :)

GNG Tip: You can make this recipe even healthier by substituting the ground beef for ground turkey. I did (pictured above) and Scott said he would never have known that it wasn't beef if I hadn't told him.

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