I don't know if it's "bulkogi" or "bulgogi", but no matter how you spell it, this stuff is delicious! There are probably as many versions of this stuff as there are people who cook it. This particular recipe comes from Darren's Japanese grandmother, Ba-Chan. The recipe is actually Korean, and Ba-Chan once mentioned that a Korean woman told her she was making it all wrong. Regardless, it is a great Asian-y marinade for beef. We've also used it for chicken or pork with equally delicious results.
I first had this dish four years ago when I went on vacation with Darren and his family to Donner Lake. It's a beautiful part of California. It was my first meeting with most of Darren's family. They've been going for as long as Darren can remember. The bulkogi was great, and Darren's Ba-Chan is an excellent cook.
The marinade has soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, and some other stuff. The recipe calls for green onions, but I didn't have any, so I left them out. You can also spice it up a bit with some Sriracha. I would have done it, if I had remembered. I did it last time...
On a side note, a lot of bulkogi recipes call for thinly sliced meat. I have eaten it that way and marinated the meat that way, too, but this is Ba-Chan's recipe, and I am going to follow it. She marinates slabs of meat. The meat can be grilled, broiled, or stir fried to desired doneness. I have had it both grilled and broiled by Darren's grandparents. Today we are going to grill it and serve it with rice.
I heated the grill to medium high and cooked the bulkogi for 3 minutes per side.