Samgyeopsal | Erica Robbin
Easy and delicious¡
Samgyeopsal is one of those recipes that looks and taste complex, but it actually isn’t difficult to make. It’s a traditional Korean dish and the flavor mostly comes from the pork, which caramelizes as it cooks, giving it a depth of flavor. Even though the star ingredient is fried pork, Samgyeopsal also taste surprisingly fresh with all the crispness of the vegetables you wrap with it, like a lettuce wrap essentially.
Just make sure you get the correct pork though because that makes the biggest difference.
- 3 lbs pork belly (not tripe), cut into bite-sized pieces
- Lettuce leaves, bib or Boston variety is best
- Garlic, sliced, either raw or lightly cooked in leftover pork fat
- Jalapeños, sliced
- Kimchi, can lightly fry in pork grease
- Sesame seeds for garnish
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- Sesame oil
- Sesame seeds
- Bean paste (see photo below)
- Fry pork belly and discard fat while cooking in shallow pan until golden brown and cooked through. Garnish with sesame seeds.
- Lightly fry garlic and kimchi in pork fat (optional).
- Mix garlic, sesame oil, sesame seeds, and bean paste together.
- Layer pork, garlic, jalapeños, kimchi onto lettuce, top with bean paste mixture, fold and enjoy!