Jeyuk Bokkeum Recipe
How to make Korean Spicy pork

Spicy Korean pork, known as Jeyuk Bokkeum is one of the most popular Korean dishes and will regularly appear at a Korean dinner table. This dish is marinated by unique Korean ingredient called Gochujang, this is a warm spicy sauce made using red pepper powder which is available from most Asian or oriental shops.

Spicy pork is a hot and tasty dish, the warm flavour with the chewy texture of the pork belly makes a great combination. Its normally served with rice and its great with a nice cold beer.

This Jeyuk Bokkeum recipe is very easy to make at home, and one of my personal favourite Korean dishes. It’s one I normally make when I am introducing people to Korean food.

I have used the following ingredients:

  • 400g pork belly 
  • 1 medium Carrot 
  • 1/2 Courgette (zucchini)
  • 2 mushrooms
  • Half of onion
  • Bit of pepper

Sauce ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon of Gochujang 
  • 1 tablespoon of red pepper powder
  • 1 tablespoon of Sugar
  • 2 cloves of garlic (chopped or minced)
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame oil

I have added carrot, courgette and mushrooms, as I love adding vegetables to my food, but it's your choice. It’s really important when making this dish to get the sauce right and to allow the pork and vegetables to marinate well.

Begin by thinly cutting the pork belly, and then slice any vegetables you wish to add. Put all of these in a bowl, add about 2 tablespoons of soy sauce and 1 tablespoon of gochujang followed by the sugar (you can use honey if you wish), garlic, sesame oil and red pepper powder. 

Mix together and put in a bag or a container and leave to marinate overnight, or minimum half an hour if you don’t have time.

To cook, put some oil in a frying pan and put it on high heat. Once hot pour the contents of your marinated bag in to the pan and allow all the pork to cook for 10 minutes until properly cooked. Reduce the heat to a medium heat once cooked.

Taste the pork and add more sugar (if you want it sweater) or gochujang (if you want it to be spicier.)

Once cooked put on a plate to serve. Korean spicy pork is best served with rice and side-dishes.

I also like to make lettuce wraps with this recipe, wrapping the pork and the rice in a lettuce leaf and serving with Ssamjang or you can sprinkle some roasted seaweed laver on top once you have mixed with rice (as below).

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