Thursday, January 5, 2012

Korean BBQ Marinade Mix

I have a friend staying in China right now and the day Kim Jong Il died he told me that they all went out for Korean BBQ to celebrate. My first 3 thoughts in this order were:

1. I'm so ronery.
2. Oooh what's Korean BBQ? It sounds really tasty.
3. I wonder if I can make a mix of that...

Turns out I could....

Korean BBQ Marinade Mix

2 tablespoon dried green onions
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon garlic flakes
1/2 teaspoon dried ginger powder
1/4 teaspoon chili pepper flakes
1/8 teaspoon pepper

What else you'll need

2-4 pounds of lean steak (sirloin or flank steak works well)
2 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1/4 cup of shredded kiwi, apple or pear (applesauce works too)

Combine mix with soy sauce, vinegar, oil and fruit and mix well, then marinade the meat in it for 24-48 hours depending on the thickness of the cut. I tried this recipe once using whole sirloin steaks and cut them up once they were grilled and then again using flank steak that I sliced thinly in advance before marinading. I preferred the flank steak but both were good. The whole steaks are a good option if you hate cutting up raw meat.

Once well marinaded grill or stir fry the meat. I used my handy grill pan both times, because I really don't enjoy grilling outdoors when it's -30 degrees with the wind chill, but I think next time I use flank steak I'll just flash fry it in my wok.

The first time I made it I used shredded kiwi, the second time I used apple sauce, mainly because I had all the other ingredients and realized I had forgotten to buy more kiwi. I did not notice a significant difference in flavor, although I think the kiwi might be a better tenderizer overall.

Both times I served it over a bed of rice noodles and steamed stir fry veggies, although next time I plan to try it with regular rice.

It was very delicious, and today I used the leftover meat to make myself a wrap for lunch (just like the other day I used the leftover fried chicken to make one as well). My latest pregnancy craving has been pitas stuffed with lettuce, tomato, pickles and leftover meat and doing it this way is much cheaper than running out for Shawarma every day!


  1. Can you believe you can't get shredded Kiwifruit in New Zealand? The land of the kiwi and we can only buy the fruit whole.

    1. I don't think you can get it anywhere! I had to peel and shred mine using a cheese grater!

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