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Underbelly chef Chris Shepherd says that after the Korean War, pasta salad became part of Korea’s culinary repertoire. Here, he serves his own version with a spicy-sweet flank steak that his cooks came up with after trying an earthy, fruity Blaufränkisch one night. Slideshow: More Flank Steak Recipes 

April 2017


Credit: © Abby Hocking

Recipe Summary

50 mins
3 hrs




Instructions Checklist
  • Make the steak In a blender, puree the gochujang with the mirin, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic and ginger until smooth. Put the flank steak in a large resealable plastic bag and pour in the marinade. Seal the bag and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 6 hours. Bring to room temperature 30 minutes before cooking.

  • Meanwhile, make the pasta salad In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the fusilli until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water until cool; drain well. In a large bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the gochujang and lime juice until smooth. Fold in the fusilli.

  • Heat a large cast-iron skillet. Lightly brush the zucchini, squash and pineapple with 1 tablespoon of the oil and cook over moderate heat, turning once, until charred and tender, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a work surface and let cool. Cut the vegetables and fruit into 1/2-inch pieces and add to the pasta. Fold in the peas and scallions and season with salt. Wipe out the skillet.

  • Heat the skillet, then add 1 tablespoon of oil. Remove the steak from the marinade, letting the excess drip off, and cook over moderate heat, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 125° for medium-rare, 5 to 6 minutes per side.

  • Transfer the steak to a work surface and let rest for 5 minutes. Thinly slice and serve with the pasta salad.

Make Ahead

The pasta salad can be refrigerated overnight.