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Korean Bulgogi Sandwich
with kimchi mayo / pickled vegetables / kale chips

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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.

Ingredients

Metric
Servings:
4
Pickled Carrots and Daikon:
  • 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
Beef Bulgogi:
  • 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
Bulgogi Sandwich:
  • 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 Mayo:
  • Kimchi - 2 Tbsp, finely chopped
  • Mayonnaise - 1/3 cup
  • Gochujang - 1 tsp, more or less to taste
Kale Chips:
  • Kale - 1 bunch, stems discarded, leaves torn
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Coriander, ground - 1/2 tsp
  • Red pepper flakes (opt) - 1/2 tsp

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Prep

  1. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. Make kimchi mayo - Finely chop kimchi. Combine with mayonnaise and gochujang. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Kale - Peel off leaves and discard stems. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  5. Baguette / Lettuce - Prep as directed.

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Make

  1. Heat oven to 300F / 149C degrees.
  2. 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.
  3. While kale chips bake, heat a skillet or wok over medium-high heat.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Toast baguette.
  7. Drain pickles.
  8. Spread the baguette with kimchi mayo and fill with lettuce, bulgogi, and pickles.
  9. Serve sandwiches with kale chips on the side. If you have any kimchi mayo leftover, dip the kale chips in it. Enjoy!

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Reviews

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13 reviews

Didnt make the kale so revie is for sandwich only. Good flavors but the tofu completely fell apart in the pan. Maybe I sliced them too thin?

By: Julie
Posted: Jul 14, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Tasted like the Bhan Mi from one of our favorite Vietnamese shops.

By: Jennifer
Posted: Jun 15, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

So yum can't wait to make again

By: Liz
Posted: Jun 03, 2021
Diet: Original
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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!

By: Angela
Posted: May 27, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

We love kale chips, and the whole sandwich was pretty good!

By: Chris
Posted: May 27, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
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.

By: Melissa
Posted: May 25, 2021
Diet: Original
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