Recipe Samgyeopsal

Samgyeopsal, a beloved Korean dish, translates to "three-layer meat" referring to the layers of meat and fat in pork belly. It's a popular choice for Korean BBQ, known for its savory flavor and social dining experience.

Ingredients

For Samgyeopsal:

  • 500 grams of pork belly, thinly sliced
  • Fresh lettuce leaves
  • Sesame oil
  • Salt and pepper

For Dipping Sauce (Ssamjang):

  • 2 tablespoons of doenjang (soybean paste)
  • 1 tablespoon of gochujang (Korean red chili paste)
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped green onions
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • Sesame seeds (optional)

Preparation and Serving

  1. Preparation:

    • Heat a grill or a non-stick pan over medium-high heat.
    • Season the pork belly slices with salt and pepper.
    • Arrange lettuce leaves, sesame oil, and dipping sauce ingredients on the table.
  2. Cooking Samgyeopsal:

    • Grill the pork belly slices until they are cooked through and crispy on the edges, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  3. Eating Samgyeopsal:

    • Place a piece of grilled pork belly onto a lettuce leaf.
    • Add a small amount of dipping sauce.
    • Wrap it up and enjoy the burst of flavors!

Tips for the Best Samgyeopsal

  • Thin Slices: Ensure the pork belly is thinly sliced for quick and even cooking.
  • Crispy Texture: Grill until the edges are slightly crispy for the best texture.
  • Fresh Ingredients: Use fresh lettuce and quality sesame oil for authentic flavors.

Variations

  • Cheese Samgyeopsal: Add melted cheese on top of the grilled pork belly for a creamy twist.
  • Kimchi Samgyeopsal: Wrap the pork belly with kimchi for a spicy kick.
  • Garlic Samgyeopsal: Grill with extra minced garlic for a robust flavor.

Calorie Information

  • A serving of Samgyeopsal (approximately 100 grams) contains about 330 calories, primarily from fat and protein.

Conclusion

Samgyeopsal offers a delightful blend of flavors and textures, perfect for a social gathering or a cozy meal at home. With its simplicity in preparation and rich taste, it's no wonder it's a favorite in Korean cuisine. Enjoy experimenting with different variations to suit your taste preferences and share this savory delight with family and friends!

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