UTS Korean Association's Bulgogi

We racked our brains, and virtual cookbooks through the thousands of Korean dishes we wanted to share with you and landed on one of our favourites - due to its ease, convenience but most of all it’s sweet, meaty, salty, deliciousness!

Bulgogi literally means “fire” and “meat,” and has origins dating back thousands of years, which was originally in the form marinated beef grilled on skewers. Later in the 1800’s, with the introduction of metal grates, Koreans started to grill on top of gridirons which is how we continue to make Bulgogi today! This well-known, classic Korean dish is essentially thinly shaved meat, marinated in a sweet and savoury sauce made of soy sauce, sugar, onion and other vegetables and grilled on a searing high heat.

The recipe we’re sharing today is our version of Bulgogi, but feel free to make it your own! The carrots and chilli for example are completely optional - we just love the crunch and spice they provide!

What you will need:

  • 500g Beef Sirloin
  • 1 Onion
  • ½ cup Mushrooms
  • 1 Carrot
  • ⅓ Cup Green Onion
  • 1 Red Chilli
  • 2.5 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Starch Syrup
  • 2 tbsp pureed Onion
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 6 tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
  • ½ tsp Sesame seeds
  • 3 tbsp Sesame oil


  1. Cut green onion, chilli, carrot and slice mushrooms thinly.
  2. Cut onion into thicker slicers, and chop some into small pieces to blend
  3. In a mixing bowl, add beef, sugar and starch syrup and marinate for 10-30 minutes in the fridge.
  4. In the marinated meat, add dark soy sauce, pureed onion, minced garlic, pepper and sesame oil.
  5. Add onion, mushroom, chilli, carrot and green onion to the seasoned meat.
  6. Marinate the fridge for another 10-30 minutes.
  7. Stir-fry bulgogi in a heated pan and finish with a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

At the Korean Association, we aim to promote the Korean culture within by hosting a variety of events, catered to students of all backgrounds, that broaden students abilities at both a professional and personal level. Our team also provides members with exclusive discounts with the help of our valuable sponsors. Our programs include Korean classes, M.T, dinners, careers night and many more great events announced via our Facebook page.

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