A Kimchi Cheesesteak Philadelphia Never Dreamed of

© Dennis Prescott

Kimchi is everywhere. French fries, burgers, eggs benedict—it’s inescapable and that’s just fine with us. Pair that kimchi with classic beef bulgogi, turn it into a cheesesteak, and you've entered next level comfort food territory.

Bulgogi Cheesesteak Subs

Makes 4 9-inch sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds sirloin steak
  • 3/4 cup pear, grated
  • 4 cloves of garlic, grated
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, grated
  • 1/2 cup red onion. sliced into thin half-moons
  • 1 cup green cabbage, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon gochujang hot sauce (or sriracha)

To build your sandwiches

  • 1 cup red bell pepper, julienned
  • 1 cup kimchi
  • 4 9-inch sub rolls
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • 1/2 cup green onions, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • Fresh cilantro, to garnish

Instructions

Remove any excess fat from your steak, and thinly slice against the grain into 1/4 inch thick pieces.

Mix pear, garlic, ginger, onion, cabbage, syrup, soy sauce, sesame oil and hot sauce in a bowl.

Place the beef into a freezer bag, and pour marinade over it and shake until meat is well coated.

Place in the fridge overnight (or for at least 4 hours).

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Heat a large grill pan over medium high, and get it smoking hot. Using a pair of tongs, place your beef mixture and red peppers in a single layer on the grill pan, turning every 30 seconds until cooked through (3 - 4 minutes). Remove the pan from the heat.

Split your rolls, and spoon equal portions of the beef and vegetables into each bun. Cut your cheese slices into two pieces (making 8 slices). Top each sandwich with 2 slices of cheese, and place them into the oven for 3 - 4 minutes, until the cheese has melted.

Top your sandwiches with 1/4 cup each of kimchi, and sprinkle over your sesame seeds. Top with fresh cilantro and serve.

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