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Bulgogi Ciabatta Sandwich

Bulgogi Ciabatta Sandwich #Recipe #bulgogi #homemade

Bulgogi is "one" my favorite Korean dishes. It's really hard for me to pick a favorite among many, but my love for grilled food is well known. Even when I am fullest I will still eat it, or at least taste it! 
I get quite a few requests not only for bulgogi, but for other Korean dishes too. Since the last request was just a few days ago I thought to actually make one of a popular fusion kind of sandwiches that includes bulgogi. 

Bulgogi is available in all Korean restaurants, however it is also very simple to make at home, too. Bulgogi in literal translation means "bul" fire and "gogi" meat, so it refers to "cooking the meat on fire" or "over open flames", which is of course cooking technique or better said barbecue. 
It has a long history! Originally bulgogi was known as "maekjeok", with the beef being grilled on a skewer and "neobiani", meaning "thinly spread" meat and was traditionally prepared especially for the wealthy and the nobility class. 

Many of you know that bulgogi is eaten with leafy veggies, rice and/or other side dishes (banchan), but it also depends how you prefer to eat it. This was... This sandwich you wouldn't believe how good it is! I am still drooling!  
Beef is marinated for a couple of hours and it actually crosses between sweet and savory. Bulgogi is one of those non-spicy Korean traditional recipes. Once you start to pan fry it or grill it all the flavors that beef was soaking comes out, and the taste is spectacular. Beef becomes tender and so delicious. 

My family goes nuts over it, and it is a "must make" when we grill! 
Now I don't have fancy grill, but we do have pretty big handmade or man-made fire pit, so I use my trusty old saute pan to make bulgogi in it. Yes, you can make this on your stovetop in the house, but man when the smoke from the charcoal fire surrounded that pan and beef started to sizzle, it sure was amazingly delicious, I think I can still smell it!If you want something lil' different but still oh so good visit my friend Gomo and check her delicious take on *bulgogi sandwich

Bulgogi Ciabatta Sandwich #Recpie #homemade #foodie

Bulgogi Ciabatta Sandwich
serves 4 | Total Time: 2 hr
prep time: 100 min. w/marination| Cook time: 20 min.          
Ciabatta Rolls/Bread  
1 Lb. Beef Tenderloin (rib-eye steak or top sirloin)
1/2 onion 
1 tsp. Ginger, minced
5 garlic cloves (5 smaller ones or 3 bigger cloves)
1/2 Carrot
1/2 cup 7 up or 1/2 Asian Pear, peeled
1 Tbs. Sugar 
3 Tbs. Soy Sauce Or to taste 
2 Green Onions/scallions 
1/2 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
1 tsp. Sesame Oil
Handful julienned Carrots*optional 
*Topping options:
Sauteed/grilled Onion/scallions 
Grilled garlic
Sesame Seeds
Bulgogi Ciabatta Sandwich


  1. In a food processor place onion, ginger, garlic cloves, carrot, and 7 up or 1/2 Asian Pear (it is acting as a meat tenderizer), process until pureed. 
  2. Take a beef tenderloin that is slightly frozen and cut into thin bite size slices or you can use already pre-cut meat that is thinly sliced. (read note)
  3. In a large bowl or container place meat, then add puree, sugar, soy sauce, sliced scallions, ground black pepper, sesame oil and handful of julienned carrots (optional). Mix everything together so marinade could code each slice of beef; cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for an hour or more. *You can use less soy sauce and add salt to taste*
  4. Preheat the grill or slightly oiled/greased saute pan/skillet and add beef slices. Cook until meat is no longer pink and it starts to sizzle and juices are almost gone. 
  5. 5 minutes before beef is done I like to add more garlic, scallions and onion slices, sometimes mushrooms too. 
  6. You can serve it with rice and vegetables (side dishes) or place it in the toasted Ciabatta bread like I did today, add other sauteed/grilled vegetables, lettuce together with the beef and top it with cheese and other condiments if you desire. 
Bulgogi Ciabatta Sandwich

Note and Tips*
  • You can place beef to marinade in the fridge overnight. I like to do it at least an hour in advance, but the more is marinating, meat becomes more tender. I have done overnight before!
  • I used Beef Tenderloin today, but The best beef for this is rib-eye steak, or top sirloin. Of course you may use any cut but you will know the difference if you make it with ribeye steak because fat is where a lot of the distinctive flavor of beef comes from, making ribeye one of the richest, beefiest cut available. You may also find it already precut beef in the Korean or Asian market "for bulgogi".
  • If you do not want to use 7 Up or Asian Pear then add 1-2 Tbs. (more) of Sugar. Both 7 up and Asian pear not only make beef tender but also gives sweetness, if you omit you have to add sugar or even honey if you desire. 
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I wish you wonderful WEEK ahead!!! 

Stay happy and healthy...
your friend,

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  1. Oh how creative, Sandra! Looks amazing and I can't wait to try it!


    1. Thank you, Alexis! I hope you like it! :)

  2. WOW! That is a serious sandwich! Looks amazing!

  3. I love korean food too, especially bulgogi. Slighty sweet, but savory. I have no doubt your sandwich must be incredible! Love to try it soon.

    1. Right! Sweet but savory..although I like to spice it up! Thank you!

  4. I should NOT be looking at this right before dinner. This looks so good, Sandra. One of my boys absolutely loves bulgogi so I think I'm going to have to make this one for him. Gorgeous photos!

    1. haha..I know what you mean, I am guilty of checking food blogs before sleeping and make a run to my fridge!:)) Thank you Val, hope he likes it!

  5. This sandwich sounds so delish! I can't wait to go get my grill fired up, hopefully this weekend. I'm going to try this, can't wait. Actually I wish I had it now even though I'm heading to bed. He he.

    1. Aww...I will be waiting for my invitation :)) JK! Thank you Gina, and have a lovely week!!!

  6. Yum! It's almost 4am here and I am on ep 14. Both the drama and your post is making my mouth water! Your bulgogi looks so yummy. Love bulgogi sandwiches. Like with many sandwiches, I don't think I can have this one without avocado!

    1. got hooked on it didn't you? :))Avocado sounds good with bulgogi sandwich although I don't mind eating it on its own either. Thank you Aera, I hope you got some rest today! :)

  7. This sandwich looks absolutely delicious, it really is bulging but in the best way possible :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  8. Oh yes! This is the real deal. I love your sandwich Sandra, beside making me hungry it is the perfect lunch when on the go ;)

    1. LOL! My mean bulgogi sandwich! hehe Yes, it is perfect for those quick lunches, or even take it to picnics...I tried it cold and it was fantastic! I guess marination make the meat so tender that even when cold it's not as chewy as it would be if you just grill it or pan fry it! Thank you Muna!!! xo

  9. Oh Sandra! Love the close-ups of this delicious sandwich. Want :D

  10. I've made both pork and chicken bulgogi, but never beef. I have been missing out! And to serve it on ciabatta sounds fantastic!!!!

    1. Oh I love bulgogi, but must say my favorite is beef! Glad to hear that you like bulgogi! Thanks Liz!

  11. I am making this tonight! It looks mouthwatering


    1. Oh awesome! I hope it turned out yummy! Let me know please! Thank you J. :)

  12. These days Korean wraps and sandwich is so popular and I am so behind! This looks awesome! You're so creative using ciabatta bread to make Asian sandwich! The marinade alone looks delicious. It's a bad idea to come to your site before bedtime. Seriously. ;)

  13. They look awesome! A perfect lunch idea.

  14. THE BEST SANDWICH EVER!!!! Thank you for this amazing recipe, my family loved it!
    Your pictures are always fantastic, I love your blog btw!!!


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