Slow Cooked Pork Belly with Bulgogi Sauce and Giveaway

We all have days when finding the time or energy to cook is simply too difficult. With today’s post, I hope to help you prepare a delicious meal even when you’re having one of those days. I’m sharing a commercially made bulgogi marinade that I’ve recently discovered. A few months ago, I received an e-mail from a representative at Sempio Food asking if I’d like to try some of their products. Sempio is a household name in Korea. It’s the oldest and best-selling commercial brand of soy sauce in Korea — certainly the soy sauce I grew up with. Today, Sempio makes a wide range of Korean condiments, ready-made sauces, and other food products such as noodles and canned food. I use their products all the time, but I had never used their ready-made sauces for my cooking. In short, the sauces I tried (a spicy sauce for braising fish and bulgogi marinade) really surprised me. They are made with natural ingredients (no MSG) and tasted very much like homemade sauces, making them great options for busy home cooks when time is limited.

Here’s what I made with the bulgogi marinade. First, I used it to slow cook some pork belly in the crock pot. I added some fresh garlic, ginger and scallions. Use whichever of these ingredients you have in the fridge. It was delicious and took very little prep time! Throw all the ingredients in the crock pot, go about your business, and come back to a succulent Korean-flavored pork belly dinner!  

3 pounds fresh pork belly
1 medium onion
1 cup Sempio bulgogi sauce

Optional Ingredients:
1 or 2 scallions, roughly cut
3 – 5 garlic cloves
1/2-inch long ginger piece, thinly sliced
sesame seeds to garnish

Cut the pork belly into about 3/4-inch pieces (or keep it whole if you want to cook longer.)

Heat a pan hot with a tablespoon of oil. Add the pork belly pieces in a single layer. Brown both sides. (You can skip this process, if you want.)

Place the sliced onion at the bottom of the crock pot. Add the pork belly on top. Throw in the optional garlic, ginger, and/or scallions.  Cover. Turn the crock pot on high.

Cook for about 4 hours, until tender.

Next, I used the bulgogi marinade to make a quick bulgogi dish. I made it with beef, but you can also use pork or chicken. I added some fresh garlic, onions and scallions. You can add more vegetables for a healthier dish. Just use more sauce if you do. So, here’s another no hassle main dish for a busy day!

1 pound thinly sliced beef rib eye or top sirloin
1/2 small onion, thinly sliced
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon minced garlic
6 – 7 tablespoons bulgogi sauce
1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds (optional)

Combine everything well in a bowl. Marinate the meat for at least 30 minutes. Grill or pan fry over high heat.

You can also use the marinade to make vegetable side dishes. I made stir-fried mushrooms with it. It took no time but turned out great!

Stir-fried mushrooms:
1 pound mushrooms (any fresh mushrooms), cleaned and, if necessary, cut into bite sizes
1 scallion, chopped
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 tablespoons bulgogi marinade

Heat a pan with the oil. Add mushrooms and stir-fry for a minute or two. Add the marinade and continue to cook until the mushrooms become tender.

GIVEAWAY: This giveaway will be open until midnight (U.S. Eastern Standard time) Tuesday, October 30, 2012. Each of the 3 winners will receive a set of all the products pictured and listed below: {CLOSED}


Simply leave a comment below this post telling me what Korean recipe(s) you’d like to see here at Korean Bapsang in the future. If you can’t think of any, just tell me your favorite Korean dish.


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Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Sempio Food. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Thank you so much for all your participation and support! Special thanks to Sempio for sponsoring this giveaway!

And the winners are:
1. Aaron Soo
2. Kobemiso (Sandy)
3. Wendy Nishie

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  1. chrisc717 says:

    That pork belly recipe looks wonderful and easy! Thanks!

    My former mother in law made a noodle dish that my daughter & I really like but I don’t know how to make it. the noodles are thick round rice noodles (maybe rice cakes?) about the size of a person’s finger and they are cooked in/covered with a spicy hot sauce.

  2. Thanks for the recipes; they look really good. I would love to have a recipe for spicy fried fish cakes (the flat type of fish cake that is usually cut into triangle shapes).

  3. Would love to see a spicy soft tofu soup dish!

  4. Tweeted this giveaway!

  5. Such beautiful and delicious food you make always.

  6. love to see GopChang JunGol(intestine soup)

  7. Looks like you’ve covered most of the recipes I would like to try! Thanks :) My favorites are kalbi, kim bap, bi bim bap, jap chae, man doo kook soo…I love it all :)

  8. my most favorite so far is this recipe I love pork belly :D

  9. Hello! Remember me? :) Ever since I made big multi-course meal using all of your recipes for my family- I haven’t stopped! I’ve recently moved to another state (from Miami to Raleigh :( ) and now I’m re-buying staples. Since the brands differ store-to-store, region to region, this giveaway would help me decide if I’d like Sempio as much as you do :)

    One of the dishes that I was hoping you’d share with us one day, is bo-ssam. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since last winter, when I first had it at Gabose for my birthday. The flavourful pork, the slippery fresh oyster, and all of the other flavourful, but essential components, like the dipping sauce and lettuce. I know its simple, but I’d love your take on it and would hope I get to make it in my new home soon.

  10. Oh and I’ve also shared this on facebook :) Win or not, I want my friends to know about your blog. Thank you for teaching us how to cook Korean food everyday :)

  11. I can’t have enough pork belly. Your pictures make my mouth water and I cannot wait to eat another pork belly dish like this (I had it not a long ago…). My favorite Korean dish is always Bibimpbap and haven’t changed for years! :) Great giveaway, Hyosan!

  12. I would like to see korean dishes we can freeze and quickly defrost. Korean food is mostly about fresh vegetables so it’d be a nice change to see what types of foods easily freeze.

  13. I’d like some “quick and fast” meal ideas! Maybe a quick noodles soup types? thanks!

  14. Good to know there are easy ways to make a quick bulgogi!

    You have covered pretty much all I have been looking for, so I have to go with the alternative: Korean foods I like. I have to start with bulgogi, closely followed by dolsot bibimbab. I also love kimchi bogumbab and budae jigae…

  15. I used to eat at a Korean restaurant near work – I just went to the buffet so I don’t really know the names of the dishes – but it was all great!

  16. Adrie de Waal says:

    I absolutely love Korean style grilled steaks!! And kimchi!

  17. I would love to see some rice cake recipes. I just love those rice cake!

  18. As the weather is getting colder . . I’d like to see more jigae and gook recipes . . I love hot soups with rice in the winter! Thanks!

  19. I think I would like to see a pumpkin juk? or something else that could be prepared in a slow cooker. Love the blog :)

  20. I would love to see a recipe for budae jigae!! I love eating something hearty when the weather is cold, and budae jigae is the perect one pot wonder!

  21. Would love to see a recipe for Gosari. I wing it and make my own but it doesn’t taste as good as the gosari I get in the Korean restaurants.

  22. shared on facebook

  23. A recipe for bibimbap. I’m so glad I found this blog. Made my day.

  24. Cold noddles!

  25. My mother would make these sweet rice balls, I don’t know what they are called, but we would eat them after a meal. They were sweet but not to sweet with pine nuts and the taste of sesame in them as well. They were so DELICIOUS!

  26. I would like to see some gulmandu (I think that’s what they’re called?) Love your blog!

  27. I would like to see a recipe for japchae

  28. Kimchi is my favorite Korean dish

  29. Shared on Facebook

  30. I would love to see a recipe for Jjol Myun! I love the chewy texture of the noodles which contrast with pieces of cabbage all tossed in a spicy sauce.

  31. I love Korean food. The recipe above looks really good. In the future, could you show how to make pine nut porridge.

  32. My favorite food is yangnyeom gejang! Be great to have a good recipe of this. I have tweeted on twitter and liked on facebook regarding this contest and recipe. Thank you for hosting it!!

  33. any recipe for Korean pancakes (scallion and squid are my favs). the photos are beautiful!

  34. Hyunju Lee says:

    I would like to see a recipe for soon dobu and yook gye jang.

  35. I randomly came across your page and it is awesome!!!! I am always looking for more Korean recipes as I am a Korean but only know how to make beef bulgogi! Look forward to trying some of your fab recipes!!! Thanks.

  36. All the dishes look excellent, especially the pork belly… I am a big fan of pork and can only imagine how delightful it tastes with Korean seasoning.

  37. I’d ask you how to make 돌솥 비빔밥, but then I’d have to go out and get a 돌솥!

  38. Wow this looks sooo good! I wish I could have a bite!

  39. OH! Too bad I missed your giveaway, I would have LOVED to try to win!! I would go crazy over those products, trying them with your recipes. Congratulations to the winners though!

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