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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This giveaway is open to USA addresses only.

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

Please contact me at [email protected] with your U.S. address.

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  1. selluntang!

    • Cathey Aurora says

      Your recipes are awesome!!! I would love to see a recipe for ChopChae. I’ve tried to make it a couple of times on my own, but it seems to never be as goood as my mom’s.

  2. ganjang gyejang – all time favorite but have yet to be courageous enough to try it on my own. 🙂

  3. What an awesome giveaway! Your slow cooked pork belly and stir fry mushrooms look absolutely mouthwatering! Since I cannot find on your blog Gyeran jjim, maybe I would like to see that recipe:)

  4. I shared the post on G+

  5. Cathey Aurora says

    I also shared on facebook 🙂

  6. Julie Phuong says

    Can you show us how to make the chicken ginseng soup?

  7. ooo, this looks yummy. i can’t think of anything i wish you’d post – though everything you do post looks great, and what i’ve tried making has been fantastic. a kind of minimalist bibimbap is a standby in our house.

  8. Camilla Houston says

    I love all of your recipes, Mandu however is my weakness!

  9. Camilla Houston says

    Also shared on facebook!

  10. Small Town Canadian Pharmacist says

    My absolute favorite dish is Dak Galbi. I craved it all through both my pregnancies but could not get to our fav restaurant which was 5 hours from our new house. I would LOVE to learn how to make it at home! Love your blog 🙂

  11. I’ve recently started cooking Korean cuisine, although I am Korean, I never learned from my mom. Now however, I love all the different dishes! The only thing I would LOVE to see more of, would be like: making 2 dishes from one recipe, re-doing a dish into a totally new one, etc.

  12. Steel Springs says

    You have all of my favorites covered. I love soft tofu soup and kimchi soup!

  13. not sure what it’s called, maybe “Odeng Banchan?” I love the blog!

  14. shared on Google+

  15. shared on twitter! @soo_nami

  16. I love seafood pajeon and seafood japchae!

  17. that slow cooked pork belly must be delicious! I can imagine it being all melty and soft….

  18. Heejin Kang says

    I don’t think my name will appear in my last comment so here it is again. I don’t think I saw kkalgooksu or soojaebee in your list of recipes. Please do one of these! I’m glad to have discovered your website. Very useful. =]

  19. my favorite korean dishes are seafood pajeon and spicy rice cake. I’ve made both with with your recipes and it is so easy to make and delicious!

  20. A recipe for spicy tuna kimbap would be great! I always have to go buy from the shop because I don’t know what kind of canned tuna to use.

  21. I’m just beginning to try out Korean dishes, but so far my favorite is Mandu! I love looking through your recipes to get ideas.

  22. I love tofu stews, especially for this season!

  23. Could you put up a spicy monkfish soup with 미나리

  24. My favorite is ojingah boekkum! And I don’t know if you have the recipe on here yet or not, so I’ll look! 🙂

  25. We have a Korean restaurant here that serves two types of (what I think is) cold dessert (sweet) soups or drinks — one has fermented rice in it and the other tastes like cinnamon and is a brown color. Both are very good — if you have recipes for these (I don’t know what their names are so I can’t search), I would love to try to make them!

  26. First, thank you thank you thank you for this blog. You are great and always know how to make me hungry.

    My favorite Korean dish is either soondubu jigae, oxtail soup, or dukguk. I can’t decide!

    – Sara P

  27. i would love to make the slow-cooked pork belly – perfect, easy and love the fatty comfort of pork belly.

  28. My favorites are Mandoo and I love all the side veggies, like watercrest, seaweed, cucumbers!

  29. Love your recipes for Korean food, can not think of any to add. recently tried the Korean braised Chicken stew. that was so yummy. My Korean born son is always asking for Korean food, i love that your recipes are easy to follow.

  30. shared it on facebook as well!

  31. My favorite dish is soon dubu! sooo good!

  32. Love your blog, especially when you explain what the Korean cooking terms mean (seeing as I’m not Korean, but love the food). Any chance you could start a sort of glossary of terms? Our favorite Korean restaurant that we no longer live by had a banchan that was potato cubes that had soaked up a semi-sweet soy sauce. No idea what it’s called or how to make it, but would like to learn.

  33. There is a dish served as a part of the banchan at restaurant in our area that I would love to know how to make. I have no idea what it is called, but it seems to be shredded daikon in a vinegar-based sauce. LOVE that stuff but I can never find it in the markets or figure out exactly what it is.

  34. I don’t know the names of a lot of Korean dishes but I love everything you post. My all time favorite is dolsat bibimbap!

  35. Incredible giveaway!
    I was so happy to discover your blog a while back – I love Korean food but I haven’t attempted to cook it myself until recently.
    My favorite Korean dish is Soon dobu chigae (?) and those tiny fishes that is put on top of rice…I don’t know what they’re called unfortunately…

  36. Momgateway says

    My favorites are Korean Fried Chicken and Kalbi!
    Because this is a Korean company and the labels are in Korean, could you tell me please if any of the products here obtain MSG?

    Ann momgateway at gmail dot com

  37. OMG the pork belly looks YUMMY! I love to learn how to make Kalbi Short Ribs.

  38. I shared through google plus!

  39. I shared through twitter

  40. you have so many recipes it’s hard to think of another recipe I’d like to see. Hmm… possibly abalone porridge. jumbok jjuk

  41. we really enjoy sundubu jjigae

  42. I love all your food here and the recipes are quite easy to follow! I have cooked a few of the dishes here for my family and they loved it! I would love to see a Hobakjuk recipe here or any porridge recipe would be nice for the winter months coming up!

  43. a recipe I would love to see would be the dipping sauce to go with this delicious looking recipe above. Every time I go to eat Korean BBQ there’s a kinda spicy dipping sauce to go with it.

  44. Tjandra Lunardi says

    Please shoe us how to cook Korean spicy crab soup (kkot geh tang)? Love Korean food. ^o^

  45. mushroom banana says

    Hi I would love to see a recipe using misplaced or soybean paste. Dessert or some kind of appetitizer suitable for parties would be great. You have a great blog, thanks for sharing.

  46. 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.

  47. Love korean food. Some of my favs are japchae and bibimbap

  48. Great Photographs, my stomach is already grumbling! I love Haemul Sundubu Jjigae and Kalbi. Yum! Thanks for the giveaway!

  49. Hello! I would love to see a recipe for 국수 전골! My husband raves about the one he had at 한우리 in Korea and I’ve been looking everywhere for a similar recipe. 🙂

  50. My Victory Home says

    Love those recipes! I’m American trying to learn how to cook Korean for my Korean husband. I’m interested in basic everyday recipes (a bonus would be if they are super fast). Not the fancy recipes that are costly to make (can’t afford rib eye everyday). I also loved that you used the slow cooker for this post.

  51. My Victory Home says

    I posted a link on facebook!

  52. 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).

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

  54. Tweeted this giveaway!

  55. Such beautiful and delicious food you make always.

  56. love to see GopChang JunGol(intestine soup)

  57. Windy Nishie says

    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 🙂

  58. my most favorite so far is this recipe I love pork belly 😀

  59. 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.

  60. 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 🙂

  61. 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!

  62. 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.

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

  64. 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…

  65. 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!

  66. Adrie de Waal says

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

  67. 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!

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

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

  70. Stephanie Yang says

    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!

  71. Cold noddles!

  72. Bo Sueyoshi says

    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.

  73. Bo Sueyoshi says

    shared on facebook

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

  75. Tracy Partington says

    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!

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

  77. Charles Beauregard says

    I would like to see a recipe for japchae

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

  79. Craig1961FL says

    Kimchi is my favorite Korean dish

  80. Craig1961FL says

    Shared on Facebook

  81. Trial and Error says

    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.

  82. Hyunju Lee says

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

  83. Kobemiso (Sandy) says

    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!!

  84. food.photog says

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

  85. 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.

  86. 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.

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

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

  89. 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!

  90. Catherine Windels says

    Hi, In the pork belly recipe, it does not say how to use the bulgogi marinade. Do you marinade the pork belly before cooking it? Or just put the amount of sauce listed into the crockpot before turning it on? Thanks in advance for clarification!