Bulgogi is probably the most recognizable kind of Korean barbecue. I think it's safe to assume that any big city in America has at least one Korean barbecue restaurant where you can satisfy your hunger for piles of marinated meat grilled to perfection right at the table. We've been to of Korean places in both hemispheres since we started building The Tabletop Cook website.
While it's not always easy to find the most authentic cuts of meat in the US or elsewhere outside of Asia, it's still easy to make a delicious dinner with friends using just a nice sirloin steak.
I made it for my family when my sister and my mom came to visit me for my birthday. We had a little barbecue outside, but we used our electric tabletop grill instead of the charcoal or gas grills. It's one of my favorite toys because it heats up fast and it's easy to clean when you’re finished. Also, it’s Korean, so we were being a little bit authentic.
This recipe was adapted from Savory Sweet Life, where the meat is sauteed and ends up looking a little more like sukiyaki meat. Here, we marinate then grill the beef on our electric grill. I recommended marinating the meat for at least four hours before serving it, and overnight when possible.
Note: If you can't buy the cuts of beef you need at your friendly local Asian market or Korean grocery store, you'll have to slice it yourself. This is much, much easier if you partially freeze it first, and use a very sharp knife to cut into into strips a little thicker than a credit card. Remember, you are grilling this right at the table, so you basically want to toss it on the grill for a few seconds, turn it over, then toss it in your mouth.
Some of my favorite online stores might have just what you need for your next tabletop meal!
Asian Food Grocer has a great selection of essential ingredients and many hard-to-find items.
Cilantro Cook Shop has a great selection of quality raclette and fondue sets.
For The Gourmet has an amazing selection of cheeses and chocolates.
Sephra specializes in chocolate, caramel and fruit fondues... and fountains.