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Introducing Korea's delicious convenience foods #1

Updated: Dec 20, 2023

Introducing Korea's delicious convenience foods #1

Bulgogi, Green onion pancakes, and Kimbap


Hello, today we are going to learn about the most loved foods to enjoy Korean food culture: Bulgogi, Green onion pancake, and Kimbap. Each dish has become a representative Korean food menu due to its unique taste and special cooking method.


1. Bulgogi

Bulgogi is one of Korea's most famous meat dishes, and its name comes from 'bul,' meaning fire, indicating that the meat is grilled. It is typically made with beef, marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, garlic, and pepper. If you prefer pork, you can use pork tenderloin.



500g beef (sirloin or ribeye)

4 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons sesame oil

1 tablespoon minced garlic

Salt, pepper



1. Slice the beef thinly.

2. Mix soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, and minced garlic to create the marinade.

3. Marinate the beef in the mixture for at least 30 minutes.

4. Grill the beef over medium heat until fully cooked.

5. Enjoy the delicious aroma of Bulgogi!

*For a spicier version, you can add red pepper paste (gochujang) or red pepper flakes during cooking.


2. Green onion pancake(Pajeon)

Green onion pancake(Pajeon) is a savory pancake made with green onions and wheat flour, often enjoyed on rainy days or as a side dish with drinks.



2 cups wheat flour

2 cups water

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon sesame oil

Green onions, onions, fresh seafood (optional)



1. Mix wheat flour, water, soy sauce, red pepper flakes, minced garlic, and sesame oil to make the batter.

2. Cut green onions, onions, and prepare seafood if using.

3. Heat cooking oil in a pan and spread the batter thinly.

4. Add green onions, onions, and seafood on top and cook, flipping until both sides are golden.

5. Enjoy the flavorful and green Pajeon!



3. Gimbap: Easy and Tasty Roll

Gimbap is a popular snack and meal in Korea, often made at home or purchased from restaurants.



Seaweed sheets for gimbap

Cooked rice

Pickled radish


Artificial crab sticks

Fish cakes

Egg omelet strips


Sesame oil (or vegetable oil)



1. Place rice on a gim sheet and spread it thinly.

2. Arrange pickled radish, carrots, crab sticks, fish cakes, and egg omelet strips in the center.

3. Roll the gimbap tightly and seal the edge with a bit of water.

4. Brush sesame oil (or vegetable oil) on the surface of the rolled gimbap.

5. Slice into 1-2 cm thick pieces and enjoy your homemade Gimbap!


Try making these dishes at home to experience the unique flavors and charm of Korean cuisine!


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