Love ramen and Korean cuisine? Try our Beef Bulgogi Ramen – the perfect harmony of two iconic dishes in a symphony of taste and texture. Discover the essence of Korean cooking through making bulgogi sauce from the stratch easily.
Get your chopsticks or fork ready! With smooth tender beef, a tangle of noodles, and a sweet savory bulgogi sauce, and fresh crispy veggies, these beef bulgogi ramen dry are totally binge-worthy! the whole family will love. Plus, it’s so easy to make too.
I’m back with yet another easy and delicious ramen recipe! We’re combining my favorite ramen instant noodle with slice beef blugogi sauce, which bulgogi sauce is easy to make. And let me tell you these are *super delicious.*
In my previous post, I had made recipe about modification of bulgogi sauce, here what it is;
So, I think it is the perfect timing for making bulgogi sauce from the stracth. In fact, to make it not diififult as I thought first. it is so easy and effortless. Let’s prove it!
Bulgogi as National Iconic Korean Cuisine
Bulgogi is a popular Korean dish known for its delicious and savory flavors. The term “bulgogi” translates to “fire meat” in Korean, as it traditionally involves cooking thinly sliced beef over an open flame. The dish typically consists of tender slices of beef that have been marinated in a sweet and savory sauce before being grilled, pan-fried, or stir-fried.
This bulgogi sauce is indeed popular for its taste which tends to be sweet, savory, and slightly spicy. The marinade for bulgogi typically includes a blend of soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, and other seasonings. The marinade helps tenderize the beef and infuses it with rich and aromatic flavors. Sometimes, Korean pears or apples are also used in the marinade to add natural sweetness and additional tenderizing enzymes.
Besides, as a national tradition, bulgogi is cherished for its unique blend of flavors, the tender texture of the marinated beef, and its ability to evoke a sense of nostalgia and community.
The preparation and consumption of bulgogi are often considered a form of cultural expression, showcasing the country’s rich culinary traditions and its emphasis on hospitality and sharing meals with loved ones. Bulgogi has also become a global ambassador of Korean cuisine, introducing people from around the world to the delightful and harmonious flavors that represent the heart of Korean culture.
Moreover, Korean pears, also known as Asian pears or Korean apples, are a type of fruit offers so many health benefits. Some of these benefits include: Nutrient-Rich, Hydration, Digestive Health, Antioxidant Properties, Immune Support, Skin Benefits, Weight Management. It’s a huge benefit right!
What do you Need to Make Beef Bulgogi Ramen
- Ramen; I use Instant ramen from Samyang and left the seasoning, you can use whatever you have in hand. for alternative, you can substitute with udon, wheat noodles, or anything. I prefer this because the texture is just as chewy as I love.
- Beef: I didn’t use ground beef since I want to make the beef still there for the appearance, I beef slice to make it soften quickly. Thinly sliced beef, typically sirloin or ribeye, is the star of the show in Beef Bulgogi Ramen.
- Bok Coy; I love to use baby bok coy because it is crispier, for alternative you can use white mustard,
- Onion slice; bulgogi without onions is just empty, onion acts for extra flavor and sweetness and aroma, and so does the Green Onion. If you dislike both of them, it’s alright just put it back, not use it.
- Sesame Seeds for garnish
You can buy instant- bulgogi sauce from grocery, but here how to make homemade bulgogi sauce, in case, you can stock them in the refrigerator.
- Korean Pear; I highly suggest you use Korean pear, because it’s bigger, airy, and tastes sweeter than regular pear in my country. It serves as a natural meat tenderizer due to its enzymes, helping to make the beef tender and juicy. If Korean pear is not available, apple is great as a substitute
- Soy Sauce; for adding umami taste
- Onion, Garlic, and Ginger; These aromatics are essential components of the Bulgogi sauce, contributing to the rich and savory flavors of the beef.
- Sesame Oil
- Brown Sugar; adds sweetness to the marinade, balancing out the savory and umami flavors.
- Red Pepper Flakes; add a hint of spiciness to the Bulgogi sauce. Adjust the amount of red pepper flakes based on your desired level of heat. Since the mostly taste is sweet and savory. For a subtle overall taste
- Black Pepper; Black pepper further enhances the savory and aromatic elements of the Bulgogi sauce.
How To Make Beef Bulgogi Ramen
Making the Bulgogi Sauce
Begin by preparing the flavorful Bulgogi sauce. In a blender, crush the Korean pear, onion, garlic, and ginger until smooth. This step is crucial to infuse the sauce with natural sweetness and aromatic notes. When the smooth texture you want is here, move to thext step
Transfer the blended mixture to a mixing bowl and add soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, red pepper flakes, and black pepper. Then, stir the ingredients together until well combined, ensuring the brown sugar fully dissolves. Set the Bulgogi sauce aside for later use.
What do you guys think? making bulgogi is really easy and simple yet the taste is so game changing for every meal we make.
Cook the Ramen
Second step cook the ramen instant, fill a pot with water, and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Once the water is boiling, carefully add the ramen noodles and cook them for approximately 3 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
Since I made a dry ramen, don’t need the gravy. Once the noodles are cooked to your desired texture, remove the pot from heat, strain the noodles, and set them aside.
Making Beef Bulgogi Ramen
In a separate pan, heat some cooking oil over medium heat. Add the sliced onion and cook until it becomes fragrant and translucent, infusing the base of the dish with savory goodness. Next, introduce the chopped green onions and thinly sliced beef to the pan. Cook the beef until it is about half cooked, allowing it to absorb the flavors of the onions.
Add the bok choy to the pan and continue cooking for approximately 4 minutes. The bok choy will add a delightful crunch and freshness to the Beef Bulgogi Ramen.
Now, it’s time to bring everything together. Add the cooked ramen noodles and the prepare Bulgogi sauce to the pan, tossing and mixing everything until all the ingredients evenly combine.
Turn off the heat and transfer the tantalizing Beef Bulgogi Ramen to a plate or serving bowl, ready to be enjoyed. Before serving, garnish the dish with a sprinkle of sesame seeds, adding an extra layer of texture and nutty flavor.
Enjoy your homemade Beef Bulgogi Ramen!
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Written by Silni Asfia
Beef Bulgogi Ramen
- 2 pack Ramen
- 1 lb Beef
- Bok Coy
- ¼ Onion slice
- Green Onion slice
- Sesame Seeds for garnish
- 1 cup Korean Pear
- ⅓ cup Soy Sauce
- ½ Onion
- 4 clove Garlic
- 1 tsp Ginger
- 2 tbsp Sesame Oil
- 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
- 2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
- ¼ tsp Black Pepper
Crush the korean pear, onion, garlic, and ginger with a blender and process until smooth. Transfer it to a mixing bowl, then add soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, red pepper flakes, and black pepper. Stir until well combine and the brown sugar is dissolved. Set aside.
In a pot, bring a water to boil over medium heat. Add noodle and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasoinally. Remove noodle from heat and strain, then set aside.
In a pan, heat oil and cook onion until fragrant. Add green onion and beef and cook until the beef is half cooked, add bokcoy and cook for 4 minutes.
Add cooked ramen and bulgogi sauce, then mixing all together until well combine. Turn off heat, and transfer the beef bulgogi ramen to a plate, then garnish it with sesame seeds. Enjoy!