Wednesday, September 17, 2008

So keum goo ee (Grilled beef with lettuce & sesame leaf wrap)

4 lb beef (loin tip steak)*, thinly sliced
1 head lettuce, cut head, cleaned
4-5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2-3 hot green chilies, sliced
1 potato, 1/4 inch thick sliced
1 onion, sliced
5 white button mushrooms, sliced
ssam jang : 4 tbsp dwen jang (Korean bean paste)
1 tbsp go choo jang (Korean chili paste)
3 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp sesame seed
sesame oil

*Any grilling beef can be used.

Arrange beef and vegetables in a big plate. In a small dish, put slice of garlic and chili. On a table, with a portable burner, grill beef. Add potato, onion, and mushrooms on the side. Serve with ssam jang, salted oil (1 tbsp sesame oil + 1/4 tsp salt + pepper).

Try a lettuce wrap.
- Have a lettuce leaf on your palm. Dip a piece of meat in salted oil, put on a lettuce.
Get a piece of garlic and(or) chili, have some ssam jang with it.

If you don't like a raw garlic flavor, there's a wonderful way to enjoy. Put 2-3 tablespoons of sesame oil in a small foil cup then add garlic slices. Place on a side of grill pan. In a few minutes, garlic gets soft and translucent. Try with a wrap, it's much better than just grill on a pan!

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