Korean Bulgogi Sandwich
with kimchi mayo / pickled vegetables / kale chips
These sandwiches are a bit of a mash-up (a delicious one!) combining spicy Korean bulgogi and Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches with their sweet and tangy pickled vegetables.
Smarts: If you like a lot of sauce, don't hesitate to increase the amount of kimchi mayo. Any extra is great as a dip for the kale chips.
- Daikon radish - 3 oz, julienne (sub cucumber)
- Carrots - 3 oz, julienne
- Water - 2 cups
- Sugar - 3 Tbsp
- Salt - 1 Tbsp
- Vinegar, rice - 1/4 cup
- Steak, sirloin or boneless ribeye - 1 lb, thinly sliced (sub skirt or flank steak)
- Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
- Ginger - 1 tsp, grated
- Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1/3 cup
- Brown sugar - 1 1/2 Tbsp
- Oil, toasted sesame - 2 tsp
- Baguette - 1, sliced down the center (sub small French-style rolls, 1 / serving)
- Lettuce, romaine - 4 leaves
- Kimchi Mayo (ingredients listed separately) - ~1/2 cup
- Beef Bulgogi (ingredients listed separately) - 1 lb
- Pickled Carrots and Daikon (ingredients listed separately) - ~1 cup
- Kimchi - 2 Tbsp, finely chopped
- Mayonnaise - 1/3 cup
- Gochujang - 1 tsp, more or less to taste
- Kale - 1 bunch, stems discarded, leaves torn
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Coriander, ground - 1/2 tsp
- Red pepper flakes (opt) - 1/2 tsp
- Make pickles - Julienne radish and carrots. (For tips on how to julienne, check out this video. The video is for fruit, but the process is the same with vegetables.) Press them gently into a jar or small bowl. Combine water, sugar, and salt in a microwave-safe bowl and heat until sugar and salt dissolve. Stir vinegar into sugar-salt mixture. Pour liquids over vegetables. Marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to 5 days. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Marinate beef - (Skip if meat was prepared ahead for Tuesday.) Put beef in the freezer for about 15 minutes so it is very cold but not frozen (this is optional but will make it easier to thinly slice.) Chop garlic. Grate ginger. Thinly slice beef against the grain. Combine garlic, ginger, soy sauce, brown sugar, and toasted sesame oil in a bowl. Add beef and marinate for at least 20 minutes and up to 2 days. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
- Make kimchi mayo - Finely chop kimchi. Combine with mayonnaise and gochujang. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Kale - Peel off leaves and discard stems. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
- Baguette / Lettuce - Prep as directed.
- Heat oven to 300F / 149C degrees.
- Spread kale leaves onto a sheet pan. (Use two pans if they’re too packed on one.) Toss with cooking oil, ground coriander, and red pepper flakes. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes until leaves are crispy. If they start to brown too much at the edges, they’re definitely done! Sprinkle with some salt right out of the oven.
- While kale chips bake, heat a skillet or wok over medium-high heat.
- If steak was prepared ahead for Tuesday, reheat it by adding some oil to the pan and then adding leftover bulgogi. Saute just until bulgogi is heated through.
- If steak was not prepared ahead, add beef and marinade and saute until beef is cooked through and marinade is bubbling, 4 to 6 minutes.
- Toast baguette.
- Drain pickles.
- Spread the baguette with kimchi mayo and fill with lettuce, bulgogi, and pickles.
- Serve sandwiches with kale chips on the side. If you have any kimchi mayo leftover, dip the kale chips in it. Enjoy!
Tasted like the Bhan Mi from one of our favorite Vietnamese shops.0 Helpful
So yum can't wait to make again0 Helpful
Didn't pay attention to the fact that there were kale chips (doesn't fly in my house) so had to wing the sides. Good use of the rest of the beef!0 Helpful
We love kale chips, and the whole sandwich was pretty good!0 Helpful
A little messy to eat, but really tasty - I loved the flavors and textures! My kale chips also didn’t come close to crisping up in the time called for.0 Helpful
Surprising tastes and textures that worked well, especially considering the plan has you cook the meat once, serve twice in two very different meals!0 Helpful