I learned this recipe from a Korean instructor in a great adult education cooking class.


  • 1 lb. beef (sirloin or top round)
  • 2 T. cold water
  • 3 T. sugar
  • 2 1/2 T. soy sauce
  • 1 T. fresh minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 T. sesame seed (toasted)
  • 1 T. sherry cooking wine
  • 2 stalks spring onions (cut into thin slices)
  • 2 T. sesame oil


Cut meat across the grain in very thin slices (this is easier if the meat is partially frozen). Place in a glass or plastic bowl. Mix in water, sugar, soy sauce, garlic, pepper, sesame seed and sherry with your hands till well blended. Press the meat down and cover. Refrigerate for 4 to 8 hours (stir it two or 3 times while marinating).
Just before cooking, add spring onions and sesame oil & mix it.
Takes only a few minutes to cook either over barbecue grill or in a frying pan (easier). If barbecuing, use a very narrow grill rack or a cake cooling rack on the grill so the meat won't fall through. If in frying pan, cook over high heat for 2 minutes until browned on both sides.

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Submitted 6/13/05.
Source: actual cooking class
Submitted By: Nancy Lee
Bul Go Gi (Korean Barbecued Beef)