VIDEO: Korean marinated beef bulgogi for lunch

In today’s travel video we decided to eat bulgogi at a traditional Korean sitdown restaurant. Bulgogi (불고기) literally means “fire meat”, and it consists of marinated beef strips cooked at your table. The meat simmers in a sweet sauce with mushrooms, onions, and garlic. You can eat this meal the traditional way by rolling the meat up in a leaf, or you can enjoy it by itself the way we do.  Bulgolgi, is one of the most popular dishes for foreigners because it more closely resembles tastes from back home than other Korean dishes which tend to be very spicy.

Korean set meals are some of the best value lunches and dinners you can have anywhere in the country.  Portions tend to be overly generous and even if you arrive with an enormous appetite, the chances you actually being able to finish all of the main and side dishes is slim to none.  On weekends, we’ve often visited these kinds of set menu restaurants that are typically based around a particular Korean meat and/or fish dish; vegetarian options are much harder to come by in Korea.

This particular meal came with a side of sweet purple rice infused with dates, as well as an assortment of smaller side dishes including pumpkin and potato mash, kimchi, seaweed, and raw octopus – which we both refused to try.  Normally, we have really adventurous taste-buds but not on this particular day.

The total for this two person lunch came to 16,000 won, which is roughly $14 USD. Not a bad price for a feast of lunch!  For a meal that offers such great value, we certainly plan on coming back again very soon.

Korean marinated beef strips Bulgolgi for lunch

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