Bulgogi ‘Beef’

Graham Leitch (EYHO)
Bulgogi 'Beef' on top of rice in a small blue and white Korean bowl
Serves 4
Print recipe
  • Prep time 10 mins
  • Cook time 10 mins
  • Ready time 20 mins

This meat free take on a traditional Korean dish, Bulgogi ‘Beef’, was served to Paul McCartney and team on tour in South Korea.

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (9 votes, average: 3.56 out of 5)


  • 500 g fake beef tips – Fry’s (UK), Gardein (USA) or similar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sake
  • black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon soybean paste (use the Korean product ‘doenjang’, or otherwise the Japanese product ‘miso’)
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper paste
  • 1 bunch spring onions, chopped
  • handful toasted sesame seeds


Warm the soy sauce, garlic, sugar, sake, pepper, soybean paste and red pepper paste together, allowing the sugar to melt. Taste and adjust seasoning.

Fast fry the beef tips in the oil, and pour in the sauce and the spring onions.

Scatter over the toasted sesame seeds and serve with white rice and green beans.


Additional notes

This Bulgogi ‘Beef’, from EYHO, was served to Paul McCartney and his team on the ‘Out There’ tour: Seoul, South Korea, 2 May, 2015. Recipe courtesy of EYHO.