I found this recipe in the funniest place: a dutch church cook book!
Every time I make these, I can’t make enough. My Yobo gushes over them, my kids fight over them and I try to lick the pan. (Just kidding, I don’t actually lick it, I lick my finger that has been in the pan!)
Once when we went to visit Korea, my Yobo’s friend took us out to dinner to a very nice place. Nicer than anyplace my Yobo has taken me. This was the first time I tasted duk kalbi. It was delicious. I was told it was expensive, very expensive. I thought to myself, I can make this.
I am sure the rendition I had in that restaurant was made with ground sirloin, but I am a mom of four hungry kids on a budget, so ground beef makes its appearance in my recipe.
The time you need:
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes
The things you need:
- 1 lb ground beef
- 4 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp chopped green onion
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- black pepper
The how to:
- chop the onion into fine pieces. To be a good Korean, you need to do this with your handy pair of kitchen scissors.
- mix all the ingredients together
- press into patties the size of your palm (ish)
- place on a fry pan and fry on medium low. Turn them over as they brown and flatten them down.
- continue to fry until the juices start to caramelize and form a wonderful sticky coating on the outside
- allow to rest for a few minutes before serving (as you quickly set the table, check on the rice and stir fry the veggies)
- serve and be sure to sneak a lick of the pan
Note: these are also delicious bbq’ed and served as sliders. Sorry, no pan to lick if this method of cooking is chosen.
A good Korean in the making using her kitchen scissors.