April 29, 2013—Fearlessly Archived—Still a fun read, price & availability may have changed.
Bulgogi, Bool Kogi
It seems to us that some of the best tasting foods have some of the most interesting names. To wit: gyoza, baklava and gazpacho. Another of our favorites? Bool Kogi. Traditionally served in Korean barbeque restaurants, and also translated as bulgogi, Bool Kogi is what Koreans call sweet, sesame-soy-garlic marinated boneless beef ribs.
The literal translation of Bool Kogi is "fire meat." Perhaps this is a reference to the flame used in cooking the meat. It could refer to the spicy sauces that often accompany it. There's even a chance it's an allusion to an actual fire, but we've looked into this, and it doesn’t appear to be the case. In any event, fire up your grill or broiler and cook the meat very quickly over high heat. Serve inside fresh lettuce leaves, with peanut sauce or sriracha, for a quick, flavorful, "lettuce taco-style" meal that will certainly have you and your guests fired up. You can serve Bool Kogi with a spicy sauce or no sauce at all, slice it up for salads or sandwiches, or make it the center of attention at your next barbecue.
Bool Kogi from Trader Joe's Butcher Shop comes in random-weight, vacuum-sealed packages for $6.99* a pound, a price that has us all fired up and ready to grill!
*Ounces, price and availability may vary by region. Currently Trader Joe's Bool Kogi is $6.49 a pound in our East Coast, Midwest & Southeast stores and $6.99 a pound in our West Coast & Texas stores.
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