Bulgogi, which translates as ‘fire meat’ is a simple yet traditional dish that centres around thin slices of grilled beef. It’s been popular in Korea since the Goguryeo era (37 BC-668 AD) and these days can be found everywhere, from high-end restaurants to the bulgogi-flavoured hamburger patties at fast-food chain Lotteria.

It can be served as a main dish or a side dish, and is often eaten with leafy veg and rice. Jamie Oliver even spun it into a baguette for a 2011 issue of Jamie magazine.

Before the meat hits the grill, it’s usually marinaded in mixture of soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil and garlic. Different recipes mix these in varying amounts, so experiment with a few and pick your fave! The Korean Culture Centre UK (KCCUK) has a recipe online, and better yet, it’s also hosting an event this month so you can experience bulgogi cooking first-hand.

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The fourth of KCCUK’s food lecture series is on bulgogi, and it’s not too late to grab a space!

The event is on Tuesday 23 June 2015 at 6.30pm. It will consist of an introduction of K-cuisine and bulgogi, a 60-minute chef’s demonstration and then an opportunity to taste the bulgogi.

For more information and to reserve a space, check the KCCUK website here, or contact KCCUK: Tel: 020 7004 2600 Email: info@kccuk.org.uk



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