Grilled Marinated Hanger Steak Bulgogi-Style

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 10 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1/2 cup Korean chile bean paste (gochu-jan)

2 tablespoons minced garlic

1 tablespoon minced ginger

1/4 cup rice vinegar

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup thin soy sauce

1 tablespoon coarse ground black pepper

1 cup canola oil

1/4 cup sesame seed oil

1 cup chopped scallions

1/3 cup chopped cilantro

3 pounds hanger steak, sinew removed

Sliced green scallions, for garnish

Fried shallots, for garnish (optional)

Cucumber Kimchee:

4 cups rice wine vinegar

1/4 cup sugar

1 tablespoon salt

2 English cucumbers (hothouse), 1/8-inch half moon slices

2 large red onions, 1/8-inch slices

1/2 cup sliced garlic

1/4 cup Korean chile flakes (gocho-karu)

4 halved Thai bird chiles, de-seeded

1 cup scallions, 1/2-inch pieces

Sesame Fried Rice:

Canola oil to cook

4 large whole eggs

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon minced ginger

2 tablespoons chopped scallions

6 cups cooked jasmin rice, cooled and broken up (usually day old)

1/2 pound picked bean sprouts

2 tablespoons thin soy sauce

1 tablespoon sesame seed oil

Salt and black pepper to taste

Gochu-Jan (Korean Chile Paste) Sauce:

1/2 cup of above marinade

1/2 teaspoon of salt

Juice of 1 lemon


  1. In a food processor, add chile paste, garlic, ginger, vinegar, sugar, soy and black pepper. Blend well than drizzle in the oils. While still running, add the scallions and cilantro. Check for seasoning. It should not be salty since salt is added right before grilling. Remove 1/2 cup of the marinade and reserve for sauce. In a dish, completely coat the hanger with remaining marinade and let marinate overnight. On a hot, oiled grill, season hanger with salt and grill, about 8 minutes for medium-rare.
  2. For the kimchee: In a large non-reactive pan, heat the vinegar, sugar and salt. When boiling, add the cucumbers, onions, garlic, chile flake, chiles and scallions. Bring back to a boil, pull off heat and let stand to room temperature. Store in a glass jar with a loosened lid at room temperature to ferment slightly. After 2 days at room temperature, store in refrigerator.
  3. For the fried rice: In a hot wok coated with canola oil, quickly scramble the eggs to soft stage. Set aside. In the same hot wok coated with oil, add garlic, ginger and scallions. Cook until soft then add rice, bean sprouts, soy and sesame oil. Season and add back the eggs. Heat thoroughly and check for seasoning. 
  4. Plating: On a large white plate, zig-zag the sauce. Place small mound of rice and top with hanger steak sliced in half, on the bias. Place kimchee on top and garnish with sesame seeds, scallions and fried shallots.

Gochu-Jan (Korean Chile Paste) Sauce:

  1. Mix all in a bowl.

Cook’s Note

Drink Recommendation: OB Korean Beer