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Korean Beef Bulgogi Lettuce Cups

A simple and utterly delicious take on a Korean classic that is low carb, high protein, and perfect for entertaining. With the silly season fast approaching, arming yourself with a few new ideas can come in handy! It's even better when those ideas are light on calories and powerful on flavour. Honestly, unless you have skipped ahead, looking at the bottom of this post- you'll never guess the star of this wholesome recipe. Are you ready?? It is..... PEAR!

PEAR??!! Yep. Fresh, sweet, and loaded with moisture. The addition of pear to the marinade keeps the meat- melt in your mouth tender. Grab some beef from our supplier David's Larder, sauces from Chef's Choice, produce from J&D Provider, and you have yourself a meal! Grab yourself a platter and you have an entertaining hit on your hands.

What You Need:

  • 500 g beef sirloin or prepared stir fry strips.

  • 1 carrot, julienned.

  • 1 onion, thinly sliced

  • 2 cloves garlic,

  • 2 cm piece ginger, chopped

  • 1 green pear, peeled, cored and chopped

  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar

  • 100 ml rice wine vinegar

  • 60 ml(¼ cup) soy sauce

  • 2 Heads red oak lettuce (or other variety of choice), leaves separated and washed

  • 5 Spring onions thinly sliced, 1 pear Julienned and sesame seeds to serve


  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce

  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil

  • 1 tsp sesame seeds

What To Do:

  1. Slice beef against the grain into thin strips. Place in a bowl with the sliced carrot and onion. Toss to combine.

  2. Place the garlic, ginger, pear and brown sugar in a blender and process until smooth. Add the rice vinegar and soy sauce. Blend to combine well. Pour over the beef and toss to combine. Cover and stand for 1 hour.

  3. For the dressing, combine all the ingredients in a small bowl.

  4. Heat a heavy-based chargrill pan, frying pan or a barbecue flat plate over high heat until very hot. Working in batches, cook the beef mixture very quickly for 2-3 minutes or until tender and charred. Flip the beef half way through. The carrots may need a little bit longer than the meat.

  5. Place the lettuce cups on a large serving platter. Divide the beef mixture between them. Spoon over a little dressing, sprinkle with spring onions, pear sticks and sesame seeds. Serve immediately. Alternatively. serve up the parts and let your guests "create their own adventure."

For a vegetarian version- consider substituting jack fruit, cauliflower or pumpkin.

Inspired by SBS


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