Bulgogi Jeongol

Bulgogi Jeongol

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 3 hr 55 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
Bulgogi jeongol (sometimes spelled jungol) is one of my favorite cool weather dishes. This Korean hot pot features a variety of ingredients simmered together, and this version stars the popular thin-sliced marinated beef known as bulgogi. Jeongol is typically cooked and served in a communal pot that sits in the center of the table on a portable stove. My recipe calls for a very straightforward dasima (dried kelp) broth that’s poured in once you’ve arranged the bulgogi and the rest of the components in the stew pot. The bulgogi flavors the broth as it simmers, making it subtly sweet and savory. You can get creative with layering and arranging components in one by one if you’re having a dinner party, or just dump everything in together for a more casual dish. Either way you’ll have a warming, hearty meal. The broth and bulgogi can be prepared the day before, just leaving the preparation of the noodles, veggies and rice for the day of. The accompanying ingredients I’ve included in this recipe are ones I think go particularly well with bulgogi and dasima broth, especially dangmyeon (sweet potato glass noodles) and an assortment of mushrooms, but feel free to edit the components to your liking—it’s your jeongol!


Dasima Broth:




Special equipment:
a 12-inch high-sided skillet or shallow pot with a lid
  1. For the dasima broth: Combine the dasima and 8 cups cold water in a large pot. Let sit until the dasima swells until doubled in size and the water turns slightly green-yellow, about 30 minutes. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; boil until the dasima starts to foam around the sides, 1 to 3 minutes. Discard the dasima, then add the radish and simmer until the radish is soft enough to be easily pierced with a fork, about 25 minutes. Turn off the heat and stir in the guk-ganjang and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Discard the radish; you should have about 4 cups broth. Set aside.
  2. For the bulgogi: Whisk the soy sauce, sugar, mirin, sesame oil, garlic and few grinds of black pepper together in a large bowl until combined and most of the sugar is dissolved. Add the beef to the marinade and toss until the beef is well coated. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 8 hours.
  3. For the assembly: Soak the dangmyeon noodles in a large bowl of lukewarm to warm water until they bend around your hands nicely when lifted, 20 to 30 minutes. Drain in a colander and set aside while preparing the other ingredients.
  4. To assemble the dish, place the onion over the bottom of a 12-inch high-sided skillet or shallow pot with a lid. Follow with the soaked dangmyeon noodles. Then add as much or little of the bulgogi, oyster mushrooms, shiitakes, tofu, enoki, carrot, crown daisy, minari, cabbage and scallions as you like to the pot (pack the ingredients in as the mushrooms will cook down). Carefully pour the prepared dasima broth in; you can start off with 3 cups or add all 4 cups of the both for a soupier version.
  5. Cover with a tight-fitting lid. Bring to a boil over high heat and let cook until the vegetables are tender and cooked through and the bulgogi turns brown, 2 to 4 minutes. (If you want more broth, add some water and season with salt.) Serve immediately with rice on the side. And don’t forget to dig down to the dangmyeon noodles on the bottom!

Cook’s Note

Guk-ganjang is delicately balanced between umami and saltiness and is much lighter in color than regular soy sauce. It’s typically used for seasoning Korean soups and stews since it doesn’t alter the color of broths as much as regular soy sauce does. You can find many options for thinly sliced beef in Korean grocery stores; ones labeled bulgogi are typically rib eye but any beef cut about 1/8 inch thick will do.