Saturday, August 21, 2010

Korean Beef BBQ Living Lettuce Wraps & A Giveaway

Today's post is special. This is my first ever giveaway! I really wanted to be selfish and use the gift certificate myself teehee. Because I'm dying to purchase a Dutch Oven. Which one is your favorite? I'm in the market for one and need some advice. But, I decided that I'd much rather have one of my readers have the opportunity to use this special giveaway from CSN

One lucky reader (US and Canada only, sorry foreign friends) will receive a $40 gift certificate to use as they wish. Who doesn't want free money to spend, right? Right. So, all you need to do is make a comment letting me know which dutch oven  I should get and I will randomly choose a winner. This contest will end Wednesday, August 25th @ 12pm EST. Winner will be announced that day. Thats it. Simple enough right? Well, lets move right along with my blogpost...

Have any of you experienced a Korean BBQ before? I enjoy going to a Korean BBQ Restaurant and grilling my own pork belly and Korean short ribs right at the table. Shoving a huge lettuce wrap filled with raw or roasted garlic, Korean peppers, pork belly or short ribs and scallions into your mouth...makes my mouth water just thinking about it. There really isn't a lady like way to eat it. Because you must get all the flavors simultaneously.

Well, I had an idea. We've all tasted the asian lettuce wraps, right? Well these are my version of a Korean style "living lettuce" wraps. Which has grilled short ribs, pickled sweet and tangy Korean radish and a soft rice wrap. Basically a Korean BBQ without the BBQ.

Living Lettuce is hydroponically grown with roots attached for superior freshness. And they taste wonderfully delicate. The soft rice wraps are sold in Asian grocery stores and used in Korean BBQ restaurants. It's basically rice in the form of a flat rice noodle that can be used in soups and stir fry dishes as well. 

Generally, Korean BBQ is accompanied by Korean white rice, an assortment of side dishes called baen chan (반찬), and some sort of meat grilled directly at your table. And a bottle of Soju (a Korean distilled alcohol beverage that is similar to Vodka) is a popular alcoholic choice amongst Koreans while they enjoy their BBQ. And sometimes the Korean Cold Beef Arrowroot Noodle Soup is a nice addition especially in the summer. You'll always see this pairing at a Korean BBQ Restaurant.

Grilled Korean Short Ribs
1-1/4 lbs Grass Fed Beef Short Ribs (soak in cold water for an hour) (you can substitute the meat or make with extra firm tofu)
1/2 Minced Onion (I used my Cusinart Mini Prep to mince my onion)
2 tbsp Minced Garlic
1 tsp Ginger
1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
1/2 ripe kiwi (pureed)
2 tsp Sesame Oil
1-1/2 tbsp Brown Sugar
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
Chopped Scallions for garnishing
Toasted Sesame Seeds

Pickled Korean Radish
1/2 Medium Korean Radish
3-1/2 tbsp Korean Concentrated Vinegar 
4-1/2 tbsp Sugar
3/8 Cup Water

1. Marinate the beef short ribs. First soak ribs for an hour in clean water. Rinse the meat and pat dry with paper towel. Combine the beef, minced onion, garlic, soy sauce, kiwi, sesame oil, brown sugar and black pepper. Allow to marinate for a few hours or overnight. Grill when ready. I used my Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron Giant Reversible Grill/Griddle. Cut into bite size pieces or into strips when ready to serve.

2. Slice the radish as thin as possible. Place the radish into a wide and shallow dish. Mix the vinegar, sugar, water and pour over the radish. The radish should be totally submerged. Pickle over night.

3. Prepare the rice noodle when ready. Take the noodles out of the plastic wrap. Place the noodles in a glass dish with a lid (not completely closed) and microwave for 40 second a total of three times. Flipping noodle over each time checking for a soft consistency. Cut into pieces to fit into your lettuce wrap as the "rice".

4. Make wraps. Wash and prepare the lettuce leaves. Place the rice noodle on the lettuce, then the beef. Add the pickled radish and sprinkle with scallions and toasted sesame seeds.

A light and delicious meal for anytime of day. Don't forget to make a comment about the Dutch Oven and you'll be entered for the $40 giveaway from CSN. Enjoy!

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  1. jose manuel said... August 21, 2010 at 7:48 AM

    Una receta muy curiosa y desconocida para mí, siempre me gusta aprender y esto se ve distinto pero rico.


  2. Norah said... August 21, 2010 at 7:59 AM

    Definitley the Le Creuset in the classic orange (6.75) is my pick for you!!! I can't get enough of Le Creuset and I firmly believe that you pay for quality!

  3. Sommer J said... August 21, 2010 at 8:33 AM

    Mmm this recipe sounds so flavorful and scrumptious. I have not trid Korean food yet, but this has truly piqued my interest. I LOVE pork belly so now I am on a mission to find Korean ingredients in Germany! Wish me luck!

    I agree with Norah- I love my Le Creuset Dutch oven, though I've been temted by Emile Henry, it's way out of my price range, though Le Creuset isn't what I call a bargain either! Good luck in your search!!!

  4. cooperl788 said... August 21, 2010 at 8:39 AM

    Okay, I really think that the Le Creuset in blue is the best, since it won't show any staining that can occur on the outside, and I would get it in the 7.25 quart size so you can have enough room to braise large pieces of meat.

    The Korean bbq looks so good! My BFF Hannah (from Our Happy Home) is Korean, and her family would always invite me along for korean food at their home. I've been dying since we moved across the country and I don't have access to it anymore! Thanks for a great recipe!

  5. Janis said... August 21, 2010 at 8:44 AM

    Oh how I love Korean food. This looks wonderful.

    Le Creuset dutch oven is a must for winter cooking!

  6. Fresh Local and Best said... August 21, 2010 at 8:46 AM

    I love Korean BBQ! I've never tried this technique of soaking the beef in water. Does it tenderize it? Also great call on the kiwi, that I'm assuming make it more tender. This looks like a great recipe.

  7. Allison said... August 21, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    I got a Martha Stewart Dutch Oven for Christmas...I begged for one and it was the right price! I love it, plus its a cool redish orange color. I've made some yummy soups and stews...I even attempted Julia Child's Boeuf Bourguignon after watching Julie and Julia :)

  8. southgrace said... August 21, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    I have the La Creuset 7.5qt in cherry and I love mine. I highly recommend anything from that brand.

  9. Hannah said... August 21, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    I love these lettuce wraps! I would get the Le Crueset dutch oven and when you do buying the bigger one is always a better idea. Like my mom told me you can make a small amount in a large pot but you can't make a large amount in a small pot. I hope you find the one you want!

  10. Monet said... August 21, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    I have tried Korean BBQ only a few times, and I've yet to be disappointed. The flavors and the meat itself was always so tender! Thanks for sharing a recipe that I can make at home. As for dutch oven? I would go for a Le Creuset...I don't think you can go wrong!

  11. Magic of Spice said... August 21, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    These are gorgeous lettuce wraps...I love the add of kiwi.I would love to try them with shrimp (I don't eat meat). Just beautiful:)
    For the Dutch Oven, my 2 cents is the same as everyone else, Le Creuset a must have for me :)

  12. Cooking Gallery said... August 21, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    I love Korean BBQ and my husband is absolutely crazy for BBQ spicy bulgogi, I love the idea of wrapping the beef with rice noodles and lettuce - sounds very yummy!

    I love the Le Creuset 7.25 Quart Round in cobalt. Am I eligible to enter? I am in Germany.

  13. ~Lisa~ said... August 21, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    HI Guys! Thank you for all your comments so far. This giveaway is for US & Canada only. Sorry for the confusion.

  14. lostpastremembered said... August 21, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    Well, I'd go for the 5 QT black le creuset gift set... great deal and wonderful product!!!

  15. alison said... August 21, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    your dish is very interesting ,corean cuisine is a big unknown for me!

  16. Spoon and Chopsticks said... August 21, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    This looks great. Thanks for this great recipe!

    As for the Le Creuset, I'd recommend orange (6.75). Good luck.

  17. M. said... August 21, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    Le Creuset in the lovely cobalt blue!

  18. Federica said... August 21, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    interessante questa ricetta!!! gustosa e appetitosa!!bravissima Lisa!!baci!

  19. MommyBee said... August 21, 2010 at 8:24 PM

    I would start with the Le Creuset 7.25 in Cobalt. Love the blue color!

  20. Mama Hen said... August 21, 2010 at 10:52 PM

    I get so hungry each time I visit! This looks yummy. Do you have a great ginfer dressing? I would love to learn a good recipe for that. Have a great night!

    Mama Hen

  21. Angus Beef said... August 21, 2010 at 11:29 PM

    This reminds me of how my mom makes Korean BBQ. She also adds kiwi and it makes the meat tender and succulent. Wish I had a Dutch Oven to recommend but I hope you find a good one!

  22. baking.serendipity said... August 22, 2010 at 1:59 AM

    Hooray a giveaway! I've never had Korean BBQ before, but I love lettuce wraps, and have to say, this recipe looks fantastic!

  23. Spencer said... August 22, 2010 at 3:08 AM

    Lisa, your lettuce wraps look great! I love eating Korean food. There is something that is so homey about it and it leaves me so content and satisfied.

    Like most others here, I would definitely choose a le creuset pot. I have wanted one since I was about 7. I am actually researching about them and I have decided I want a 7.25 quart in flame orange. I am not sure where you live, but try and find a factory store nearby. I went to one today (in Gilroy,CA) to price them out and they were 40% off the discounted price. The pot's list price is $370 but will cost only about $120. Happy hunting!

  24. Happy Cook said... August 22, 2010 at 5:02 AM

    We miss out :-(
    I would suggest Le Creuset as i have few of them and the first one got from my MIL 19 trs back .

  25. Sooki said... August 22, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    Le Creuset in flame!! These lettuce wraps looks so healthy and delicious.

  26. Luciana said... August 22, 2010 at 9:59 AM's a fantastic recipe!!! very very good!!! a kiss by Lucy

  27. Fun and Fearless in Beantown said... August 22, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    Yum! This was a staple in my house during the summer when I was growing up!

  28. Sharon said... August 22, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Le Creuset in Caribbean (7.25). What a great giveaway! Thank you.

  29. Topher said... August 22, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    I'd go with the one of the Staubs. I like the look of those.


    zekks at yahoo dot com

  30. SolDucky said... August 22, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    If you want to go way all out, I love this one -

  31. Pacheco Patty said... August 22, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    I love your lettuce wraps with Korean BBQ, so fresh looking, just perfect for a summer meal! Those cheesecakes look amazing too Lisa, you are really making and photographing some wonderful inspiring dishes, thanks:-)

  32. Vicki said... August 22, 2010 at 5:57 PM

    The BBQ looks great! Bookmarked. As for the dutch oven, I'd go with the oval Staub, either in basil or grenadine.

  33. Emily N. said... August 22, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    KitchenAid Cookware Cast Iron 4.5 Quart Covered Round Dutch Oven in Indigo because it has good reviews and is cute.

  34. Lauren Zabaneh said... August 22, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    I've been drooling over a Le Creuset Dutch oven for a while now. Every year with my Christmas money, I say I will get one at Willams Sonoma but then get distracted by the knives...Always. But you've also got me drooling over those lettuce wraps! I love that living lettuce. it's so good, so tender. YUM! Great job, Lisa. Always top notch.

  35. Jen said... August 22, 2010 at 7:49 PM

    I think you should pick the cobalt blue Le Creuset oven - how fun!

    And ooh, this dish you made looks so yummy!

  36. Lawyer Loves Lunch said... August 22, 2010 at 11:40 PM

    You really can't go wrong Le Creuset. I'm a classic sorta girl and love it in the Black Onyx. And I love Korean BBQ. There's a place in the Bay Area that has all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ and I shock the hubster every time with how much food I can put away :)

  37. Debbie said... August 23, 2010 at 3:51 AM

    Yeah for an answer I can finally answer! I recently got my first dutch oven and did lots of research. Depending on your uses, you might be interested in a pre-seasoned cast iron by Lodge.

    But, I opted for the Le Creuset 5.5 Qt Dutch Oven for two main reasons. It has a lifetime warranty, so if ANYTHING where to happen to it they will fix it for you. The second reason was that I found it on a really good sale at an outlet center near me. I don't know if you have a Le Creuset Outlet near you, but it would be worth it. Good Luck!

  38. MaryMoh said... August 23, 2010 at 5:46 AM

    Looks like I have to move to the States or Canada to qualify for the lovely giveaway :D Love your beef salad. I love everything delicious.

  39. Rachel Cotterill said... August 23, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    I've never heard of "living lettuce" - intrigued and slightly puzzled because, well, all lettuce starts off alive...

  40. ~Lisa~ said... August 23, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    @ Jose, Gracias as always!

    @ Norah, thanks I think le creuset is a winner.

    @ Thanks Sommer. There are actually a good population if Koreans in Germany. And you can substitute the concentrated vinegar for regular vinegar and the same for the radish.

    @ Laura, thank you mama!

    @ Janis, thanks Korean food is tasty. And i'm still learning.

    @ Christine, yes the kiwi is a tenderizer just like korean pear. Soaking the meat draws out the blood and tenderizes. Almost like brining?

    @ Allison, i'm looking forward to getting one and maybe i'll even attempt julia's recipe too (=

    @ South Grace, thank you!

    @ Hannah, great point (=

    @ Thanks Monet, Love your empanadas!

    @ Alisha, you can definitely make it with shrimp (=

    @ Cooking Gallery, I wish the contest was international. So sorry )=

    @ lostpastremembered, hmm the set is nice.

    @ Alison, hopefully you'll get to try some Korean food, i'm sure you'll enjoy it (=

    @ Thanks Spoon & Chopsticks!

    @ M, thank you for your suggestion!

    @ Federica, Grazie bella!

    @ Mommybee, the blue is a popular color (+

    @ Mama Hen, what sort of dressing were you looking for? GInger is such a nice flavor. I'll work on something and inbox you (=

    @ Angus Beef, moms korean cooking is always the best. I'm still working on my skills hehe.

    @ Sarah, lets trade for some of your delicious muffins!

    @ Spencer, 7? wow, Thanks for the tip, i'm going to look into outlets stores too! Saving money is a good thing (=

    @ Happy Cook. I know i'm so sorry. You're MIL has great taste. I'll be trying some of your indian recipes soon!

    @ Sooki, Thank you! Hope you're doing well.

    @ Luciana, smooches right back at ya!

    @ Fun & Fearless, I think korean BBQ is a winner in every korean household (= I had to make my version a bit milder for my son. But you know you can always put some ssam jang (korean fermented soy bean paste mixed with pepper paste) yummm

    @ Sharon, stay tuned. I'll announce the winner on Wednesday!

    @ Topher, i'll look into that one. Thanks for the suggestion.

    @ Solducky, oh my thats the color I want but worried that it may stain?

    @ Patty, thank you. I have to check out your newest post. Lobster! yumm

    @ Vicki, thanks! Hope you try it out.

    @ Emily, yea I was looking at the kitchenaid too. Oh my the choices (=

    @ Lauren, knives, yes those are important (= I think more so than the dutch oven so you did good mama (=

    @ Jen, aww thanks blue is a popular one.

    @ Azmina, Girl I eat way too much at Korean BBQ's too hehe and congrats again on Top 9! You deserve it and I hope the religious holiday is going well.

    @ Debbie, ahh nice. I like that you researched!

    @ Sorry Mary, I wish the contest was open to everyone.

    @ Rachel good point. But these babies have roots attached and are still living. Except in a plastic container (=

  41. Juliana said... August 23, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Yummie, your lettuce wrap look so good, so refreshing with the pickled radish...great as Summer meal :-)

  42. Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron said... August 23, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    Great Korean ribs recipe Lisa! I got a recipe from Korean friend's mom and she added kiwi and pear. I noticed you added kiwi too. It's interesting to me! I like living lettuce too. As you said, it's fresh and delicate yet naturally sweet! A rice wrap is a great addition. Great job Lisa!

  43. whatsfordinneracrossstatelines said... August 23, 2010 at 11:50 PM

    Lisa, go for the Le Creuset! I want a Le Creuset so bad, if I had the gift certificate, that is what I'd get with it! I want to try those wraps though, amazing recipe!

  44. Renae said... August 24, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    I really love the Le Creuset 4.5quart size in Cassis. I'm dying for one myself.

  45. Elaine said... August 24, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    I like this one!

    clothed much, a modest fashion blog

  46. scrambledhenfruit said... August 25, 2010 at 12:51 AM

    Any of those lovely le Creusets in cherry red would be delightful. I've never had Korean BBQ but it sounds delicious! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

  47. Kulsum@JourneyKitchen said... September 5, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Love Korean Barbecue. Unfortunately, its almost impossible here to find a good Korean restaurant and can't barbecue either. So mostly have to try things at home.

    That brings me to my first question. Do you use any special brand or type of soya sauce for Korean dishes or is it the same as Chinese soya sauce?

  48. ~Lisa~ said... September 8, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    @ Juliana, thank you it was light and fresh.

    @ Tanantha aw thanks for the kudos!

    @ Gina, thanks for the suggestion.

    @ Renae, I still haven't bought mine yet. But plan on it.

    @ Thanks Elaine I'll check it out.

    @ scrambledhenfood, ur welcome.

    @ Kulsum, I use kikkoman. But there are different kinds of soy sauce. Check here for a better more thorough explanation.

  49. Lauren @ Mom Home Guide said... September 9, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    My family loves Korean-style beef short ribs. I will have to try making this!