Spicy Pork, Caramelized Onions, with fresh Perilla


Korean BBQ is something most people know when they think of Korean food. Usually it is Kalbi, or Bulgogi, but have you ever tried spicy pork? (dwaeji bulgogi) My family picked up some and also some spicy chicken (really the only “meat” my mom really eats now). Marinade with typical korean bbq stuff and to make it spicy add in hot pepper paste. This one was particularly sweet so it probably had more sugar than normal. Grill, making sure that you grill onions too. The perilla leaves were fresh from our garden. I had convinced my parents to plant a pot or two of them since they are easy to maintain and these ones were seriously huge. Put a hot piece of meat, and some onions on the leaf, roll it up and devour. I am still drooling thinking of all the flavors. The perilla I think gives a fresh taste helping to cut through the richness of the meat. Some people may not like the strong flavor of perilla, but it is a classic staple in Korean eats! If you don’t want to go through the hassle of marinading, most Korean supermarkets have pre-marinated meats for purchase. More often than not, you can save a lot of money doing it yourself, but it just requires more work. Trust me it is loads cheaper than what you pay for in a Korean restaurant! Try this combo! It is amazing how good pork can be and is a good alternative to beef.


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