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Dwaeji Bokkum (Korean Spicy Pork stir-fry) Recipe

Sunday, September 02, 2012 | Labels: , , , , |

I absolutely adore Korean food and I thought a feature on a Korean dish was long overdue so I went with this extremely simple stir-fry of spicy pork.  The main condiments as with a lot of Korean dishes are the gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste) and gochugaru (Korean chili powder).  Apart from the heat, the gochujang also provides an earthiness to the dish while the vegetables in the dish gives it different textures.  If you are not familiar with gochujang, I guess the nearest condiment that can be used to give you an idea would be miso except that gochujang is spicy while the former is usually not. 

korean pork (4 of 4)

For the vegetables, I used eggplant, green onions, onions, carrots, capsicum and some chives.  This dish is also a great way to cook chicken so feel free to substitute if you like.  This is a tantalisingly spicy dish that will definitely awaken your taste buds!

Dwaeji Bokkum (Korean Stir fried Pork)

Serving suggestion: steamed rice


400g pork, sliced thinly
1 onion, sliced
1/2 carrot, sliced or cut into matchsticks
3 green onions, sliced
1/2 red capsicum, quartered
1/2 yellow capsicum, quartered
2 stalks chives, sliced
1/2 eggplant, sliced  (blanched until soft)

2 tbsp dark soy sauce
2 tbsp gochujang chili paste
2 tbsp mirin or rice wine
1 tbsp gochugaru
2 garlic cloves, sliced
1 spring onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp sugar


Combine all the seasoning ingredients into a mixing bowl to form a paste. 

Heat wok until almost smoking.  Add oil and swirl to coat. 

Add the pork, onion, carrot, spring onions, capsicums and eggplant.  Stir-fry briskly, keeping the ingredients moving around all the time.  You have to do this to keep the ingredients from burning as the heat is kept high.  This is the reason why the pork should be sliced thinly.

Once the pork has browned, add the seasoning and throughly coat the ingredients in the wok with the seasoning paste.  Stir-fry for another 1-2 minutes or until pork is cooked though.  Serve immediately with steamed rice.

Dwaeji Bokkum (Korean Stir fried Pork)


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