Samgyupsal sukju bokkeum (Stir fried pork belly and bean sprouts)

Fried pork belly with bean sprouts from Itaewon korean drama. It’s quick, easy and delicious!

In my first K-drama series, we took a look at the dishes featured in the award-winning series, Itaewon Class. Samgyupsal sukju bokkeum (fried pork belly with bean sprouts) appears in one of the drama’s pivotal moments.

In episode 7, Saeroyi’s rival makes an unexpected visit to Danbam and orders the restaurant’s best soup and best fried dish. Sundubu jjigae is served alongside samgyupsal sukju bokkeum.

Dramatic danbam is a type of restaurant known as “bucha” in Korea. The word “pocha” is a combination of pojang macha that refers to street carts and tents selling food and alcoholic beverages. Over the past decade or so, indoor restaurants inspired by Pojang macha have emerged and become popular, serving alcoholic beverages and anju (food enjoyed with alcohol).

Koreans enjoy a variety of foods with their drinks, including savory pancakes, grilled meats, stews, and stir-fries. This fried pork belly with bean sprouts is as famous as anju.

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Why should you do this

The highlight of this dish is the cut of the pork belly and the very thin bean sprouts. Both cook very quickly, so you can seriously prepare this one in under 20 minutes! Thin and tender pork belly slices are deliciously paired with crunchy bean sprouts in a simple and light sauce!

Which cuts of meat to use

While you can use any thin slices of meat, daibai samgyopsal (대패), shaved pork belly, is typical of this dish. Daepae means hand plane. It’s also great with shadolbagi (차돌박이), beef brisket. You can find a variety of very tender meats in local Korean/Asian markets.

If you want to thinly slice the meat yourself, freeze until firm, but still sliceable. Using a sharp knife, cut the meat into slices as thin as possible.

bean sprouts

This recipe uses a lot of bean sprouts that you can easily find at your local grocery store. It’s mung bean sprouts (Seokju Namul, 숙주 in Korean). Bean sprouts play an important role in supporting this dish. Keep the sprouts crunchy for the last dish.

If you like, you can add some sliced ​​carrots, red chili peppers, or sweet peppers for more color.

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How to stir-fry sprouts and beans

To keep the meat tender and tender, and the bean sprouts crispy, cook everything quickly over high heat. First, cook the meat until the pink color fades, then add the bean sprouts and other vegetables. When the bean sprouts are slightly wilted but still crunchy, stir in the seasoning ingredients and toss everything well to finish before turning off the heat.

You can simply use soy sauce to season the dish, but oyster sauce is good, too. For the amounts of meat and bean sprouts in this recipe, you’ll need about 2 tablespoons of soy sauce or oyster sauce. You can also use a tablespoon each.

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Samgyupsal sukju bokkeum (fried pork belly and bean sprouts)

Preparation time: 5 Minutes

Cooking time: 10 Minutes

stakes: 2

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Notes

While you can use any thin meat, daepae samgyupsal (대패), shaved pork belly, is typical of this dish. Daepae means hand plane. It’s also great with shadolbagi (차돌박이), beef brisket. You can find a variety of very tender meats in local Korean/Asian markets.
If you want to thinly slice the meat yourself, freeze until firm, but still sliceable. Using a sharp knife, cut the meat into slices as thin as possible.

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