Bulgogi Ssam (Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps) | Inspired by: Princess Hours (궁) 🥩 🥬
Princess Hours (궁) 2006 : A South Korean television series, starring Yoon Eun-hye, Ju Ji-hoon, Kim Jeong-hoon and Song Ji-hyo. It is based on Korean manhwa Goong by Park So-hee. The show is set in an alternate, 21st-century Korea which has retained its monarchy and imperial family since 1945. The series focuses on the lives of Crown Prince Lee Shin of Korea, and his new bride, Chae-kyeong. The series starts off with the news that Shin's father, Emperor Lee Hyeon of Korea, is seriously ill. There is a grim outlook on the Emperor's health, driving the imperial family to find Shin a suitable consort that will allow him to ascend to the throne if the situation requires. Despite being in love with the ambitious and talented ballerina Hyo-rin (whom he initially proposed to and was rejected), Prince Shin eventually marries a commoner to whom he was betrothed by his grandfather, the late Emperor Seongjo, in an agreement with the girl's grandfather. His new wife is the headstrong yet lovable Chae-kyeong, and despite initially feeling nothing for each other, love eventually blossoms between the couple.
"There are times that I want to let you go, but then I don't want to let you go. So before my heart wants to let you go again, growing old together is not a bad idea"
Bulgogi Ssam (Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps): Literally speaking, bulgogi (불고기) means “fire meat”. Ssam (쌈) means "wrapped". Bulgogi Ssam is a basic food for the commoners. Chae-kyeong loves to eat Bulgogi Ssam but ever since she got married to the Prince Lee Shin and lived in a palace, she is not allowed to eat it because Bulgogi Ssam is not recognized as a refined food fit for the royal family! One day, her husband Prince Lee Shin followed her to visit her family. Chae-kyeong parents happily welcoming their son-in-law, Prince Lee Shin to their humble house and preparing the delicious lettuce wraps with beef, rice and some kimchi to eat together as family. The scene was quite funny as they ended up with stuffing the wraps to each other's faces 😂. Prince Lee Shin who are not used to such lifestyle can't help but smile!
400g thin rib-eye steak
Kimchi and rice (to serve)
1/3 cup soy sauce
3 TBS brown sugar
2 TBS sesame oil
2 TBS white sesame seeds
2 TBS minced garlics
2 green onions (cut in pieces)
1/4 TSP black pepper
1 TSP grated ginger
1. Pour all the marinade ingredients on the beef. Mix until incorporated and marinade it for 5 hours or overnight.
2. You can either use grill to cook the beef or pan-frying on the stove. I use grill to cook it. Spray some oil on the grill surface and lay out several pieces of meat at a time. Make sure it is lay flat and not overlapping. Cook for about 1 minute each side.
3. Then, transfer the cooked beef in a bowl and it's ready to serve! Simple, right?
4. I love to eat Bulgogi Ssam with a plain rice and of course kimchi! Hold a lettuce in your palm and put some portion of rice, kimchi and the cooked beef onto it, wrap it up and then shove it into your mouth!
This recipe is super simple and super delicious! If you are vegetarian, you can omit the beef and replace it with grilled tofu instead!