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Korean Grilled Beef with Scallion Salad

Variations on this Korean dish, called bul kogi, are available throughout Australia. It is usually served with condiments, such as kim chee—the spicy cabbage that is sold at Asian markets.

Let guests prepare their own bul kogi packages by dabbing a bit of chili paste on the lettuce and wrapping it around the meat and scallion salad.

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  • Servings: 6

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  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sake
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 9 scallions—3 minced and 6 cut into 2-inch matchsticks
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 1/2 teaspoons canola or other mild vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • Cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean sirloin steak, thinly sliced across the grain into long strips
  • 1/2 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
  • 1 head leaf lettuce, leaves separated
  • Asian chili paste


  1. In a small skillet, toast the sesame seeds over moderate heat until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Let cool.
  2. In a large glass baking dish, combine 3 tablespoons of the sake with the soy sauce, ginger, garlic, minced scallions, 2 teaspoons of the sesame seeds, 1 1/2 teaspoons each of the canola oil and sugar and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Add the meat and turn to coat. Let marinate at room temperature for 20 minutes.
  3. Heat a large, heavy skillet. Add 2 tablespoons of the canola oil and swirl to coat. Add about one-fourth of the meat at a time in a single layer and cook over high heat until browned and crisp around the edges, about 2 minutes per side; transfer to a large platter. Repeat with the remaining meat, adding more oil as needed.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine the remaining 2 teaspoons of sake with the sesame oil, a pinch of cayenne, the remaining 1 teaspoon of toasted sesame seeds and 1 teaspoon of sugar. Add the scallion matchsticks.
  5. Arrange the lettuce leaves on the platter alongside the grilled meat and serve with the scallion salad and the chili paste on the side.

Serve With

Steamed rice.

Suggested Pairing

The assertive dressing adds kick to this grilled beef dish, making a full-bodied Australian Cabernet Sauvignon a solid choice.

Contributed By Photo © Petrina Tinslay Published May 1999

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