Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps

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These Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps we had for dinner last are a variation of Korean Galbi which is typically served on a lettuce and "ssahmjang".

Wikipedia on Galbi: Galbi is generally served in restaurants known as "galbi houses", and the meat is cooked right at customers' tables on grills set in the tables (usually by the customers themselves). It is typically served with lettuce, perilla, or other leafy vegetables used to wrap the meat, which is then dipped in ssamjang (쌈장), a sauce made of fermented bean paste and red pepper paste. It is often accompanied by side dishes known as banchan.

Dinner was super easy because I already had some bulgogi stashed away in the freezer, just waiting to be eaten on a lazy evening like last night and two heads of my CSA Papa Spud's Butter Lettuce just waiting to be used up. Big Sis was off at yet ANOTHER sleepover and when we asked Little Sis what special thing she wanted to do with Mommy and Daddy, she just said "How about eat dinner at home and then play some games after?" How could we say no to such a sweet yet simple request?

Knowing how much this little girl just LOVES her Korean food, I made some rice, defrosted some bulgogi, fried up some of her all-time favorite Mandoos (stay tuned for a recipe post on these delish Korean-Style dumplings) and served up some packaged roasted laver (seaweed). Served on the side were some peas and carrots, but that was pretty much it. A side of Korean-style Pickled Cucumbers aka Oie Muchim would have been the perfect complement with this mean, but, much to the hubby's dismay, I didn't get around to either making or buying any. Sorry sweetie!

To make these Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps, you an use just about any kind of leafy green like romaine, red leaf lettuce or even iceberg lettuce, but my fave is Butter Lettuce (aka Boston Bibb). They were just perfect (and quite pretty, too)! Place a dollop of rice on the lettuce, then a couple pieces of bulgogi topped with ssamjang, as described above. We didn't have any of that on had so we just use regular old gochujang (hot Korean red pepper paste) to top ours off. De-lish!

Had some bulgogi leftover even though Little Sis ate 2 full plate of rice and bulgogi, so maybe some bibimbap is in our near future. :)

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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

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Jenn Christ said...

Ooo you always make food sound so good! I've never had Bulgogi before but now I want to try it!

happyvballgirl said...

Awww, you are SO sweet, Jenn. Give it a try at your local Korean restaurant for a quick, easy taste test! :)

Recreate and Decorate said...

Oh we love Bulgogi (beef and leaf) and yakimandoo!!
We lived in Seoul for 3 years and love many of the local dishes. Thankfully we have an Asian market here in Florida that has bulgogi sauce!

Ashley Chapman said...

Hi I am stopping by your blog from the Adorned From Above Wednesday Blog Hop. I would very much love it if you would stop by ours as well. We also have a great giveaway running with a winner to be announced in 8 days. Come on by and join up. We will also have a blog hop Friday.

Blog: www.ashleychapmandesigns.com/blog

Thanks so much!

Nicole@nicole-southerncharm.com/ said...

You make this food sound awesome! I am new from southern charm! I would love for you to check out my blog and hopefully follow me back. Nicole

happyvballgirl said...

Yummm... just reading what you wrote makes my mouth water! :) How cool you lived in Seoul for 3 years! I'm 100% Korean but have never been there myself. One day! Glad you found a place to get your Korean food fix. One of my favorite foods ever! :) Thanks so much for stopping by!

happyvballgirl said...

Awww, thanks Nicole. Will do! Thanks for stopping by!

happyvballgirl said...

will do! Thanks for stopping by, Ashley!

Melanie G said...

Sounds great! I'm stopping by from Piggy In Polka Dots party. Have a great day!

Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above said...

Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above's Blog Hop. We always love seeing everyone's posts.
Have a great week and here is this weeks party has started. Here is the link.
Debi and Charly