Vegan Gochujang (Pepper Paste) Bulgogi Recipe
So Gochujang-bulgogi is the Korean pepper paste version of bulgogi. In Korea, the pepper paste bulgogi is just as popular as the soy sauce bulgogi, which is considered more traditional. Especially if you go towards the Northeast – Gangwon province, pepper paste bulgogi is really REALLY popular. Hope you try it, you will love it if you like bulgogi and also like spicy food! ;)
Vegan Gochujang (Korean Pepper Paste) Bulgogi Recipe (serves 5-6)
2lb of seitan or tempeh, sliced (we prefer the seitan when we make the pepper paste version)
1-2 head red leaf lettuce (or leafy green of your choice)
1/2 bulb garlic (halved for grilling)
1 large white or yellow onion (sliced)
6 Tbsp Korean pepper paste
1 Tbsp Korean pepper powder (optional, if you add this for a thicker, grainier consistency, you can decrease the amount of pepper paste a bit)
2 Tbsp garlic, minced or crushed
1 Tbsp soy sauce
2-3 Tbsp agave or sugar
2 Tbsp sesame oil
4 tsp minced ginger
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 Tbsp sesame seeds
1 Tbsp white cooking wine or mirin
4 scallions (chopped)
4 green/red Korean peppers (diced)
Sauce: ssamjang or gochujang (Korean pepper paste)
1. Slice the narrow end of the seitan/tempeh into 1/2″ slices. You want it thick enough to hold together as you mix it, but narrow enough to soak up the marinade well.
2. Mix the marinade together and marinate the seitan/tempeh and onions in it, at least half an hour to 2 hours. Be sure to stir now and then to ensure it marinates well.
3. You’re now ready to grill your seitan/tempeh, garlic, onions and peppers. You can also just saute it, but really grilling is much better. If you’ve got some extra marinade left, you can spoon a little over everything while it grills.
4. When it’s done, serve by taking a lettuce leaf, adding a bit of your sauce of choice (ssamjang or gochujang), the seitan/tempeh, garlic, onions. You add rice and some kimchi if you feel like it. Wrap it up like a taco and eat!
This is our homemade seitan! (Yum. It’s really delicious even without any seasoning.) You can also find loaves of frozen wheat gluten in some Asian grocery stores’ freezer section and most grocery stores now carry seitan and/or tempeh in their organic food section.
Don’t forget that it can be that much tastier if you use a grill, but you can also just saute it in a skillet if you haven’t picked one up yet.
Delicious! If you want to eat it like an authentic Korean, you put the whole thing in your mouth at one go. We’ve noticed that kids also enjoy this challenge, but keep in mind that the leaf lettuce in Korea is much more bite-size friendly, so you’d be better off using smaller leaves or tearing them into smaller pieces to keep things truly bite-sized!