This recipe combines three crowd favourites into tasty, bite sized morsels.
OK – several bite bite-size, but delicious pieces, nonetheless.
Bulgogi – that much venerated staple of Korean eating – where the combination of soy and sugar, pear and garlic creates a sensation like you were really there – like you were a part of the Korean culture.
Imagine a street near a bridge as an etching against a pale grey sky, a travelers inn, darkened room, table near window. Rain. Bamboo wall and big leafed long stemmed bright green plant for privacy. You feel like the only one – and for a moment…
There is a recipe for bulgogi here – points to elsewhere on this same site – hopefully the address won’t explode, or the redirection loop police arrest me!
There’s no recipe on my site for making kimchi – the next well favoured ingredient – quite yet!
But I came across a version from the much respected teacher Heather Jeong – and I’ll post that next. My version of kimchi includes one of Australia’s cultural icons – Vegemite. Kimchi and Vegemit lovers of the world – united!
The third element is gozleme – my attempted Hangul version –고즐래매– spelled like it sounds. Here is the dough – made from scratch – not a quick process!
Mixing, kneading, proofing overnight. Even added some roasted sesame seeds for a bit of extra crunch. The kids got to use the rolling pin for the first time. There’s Maddy – her sleeves rolled up, ‘kerchief in her hair, flour all over her hands. I asked how she was going. Crinkled her little nose, gave me that certain sideways look –
“Is this how you do it, daddy?”
We flattened, and flattened, I sliced the dough up into oblongs (Only daddy can use the knife) Painted on a bit of sesame oil – has a nice orange hue – right then Dylan, our ever hungry 3 year old pipes up
“Can we eat it, daddy? Can we?”
Gozleme dough recipe
2 cups unbleached plain flour
2 cups wholemeal flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp yeast
100 g roasted sesame seeds
200 mL Sesame Oil
- Sift the flours and salt, add the yeast. Stir with a wooden spoon.
- Using an electric mixer – or dough hook – or similar – mix in the water – a little at a time. The more electrical the device you use, the less work you knead to do! Ha!
- Place in a bowl, “wrapped in plastic” – and let the dough rise. Once the dough has doubled in size it’s ready for the next step.
- Deflate the dough by punching it– then flatten and flatten again with a rolling pin until as thin as thick cardboard. Cut in 15 cm squares. Paint one side with sesame oil.
- 3 parts Bulgogi Meat – cooked
- 1 part Kimchi – chopped
- 1 part Mozarella cheese- grated
- Extra soya sauce, extra sugar
Combine these in a frying pan. Heat the mixture through, until the cheese isn’t quite melted. Kimchi is great – but when you combine it with – rice, calamari, meat – and heat it up – there’s salty crunch, warming chili – the experience comes alive!
Place one tbs of this bulgogi mixture on one half of one square.
Fold the gozleme in half, covering the mixture. Paint canola oil all over the outside of the bread.
In a frying pan cook the gozleme on both sides till golden brown. Be careful not to burn them. No little accidents!
Sprinkle more sesame seeds, squeeze a bit of fresh lemon and you have –
불고기 김치 고즐래매