An asparagus recipe from Korea is not something that you would find easily in a recipe book. Like in Syria, asparagus is not a typical vegetable consumed in the country. Fortunately Fraulein Kimchi has a lot of imagination and talent. Here is a summer version of the Korean BBQ with grilled asparagus.
- 500 g beef steak cut into strips approx 10 cm long 2 cm thick
- 1 bunch green asparagus, cut into halves
- 10 strips of bacon (alternative)
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup sugar
- toasted sesame oil
- green onions, finely sliced
- toasted sesame seeds
- rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon kochujang (korean chili paste)
- 5 cloves finely minced garlic
- ½ pureed onion medium size
- ¼ pureed apple
- white pepper
- bamboo skewers
Blanch the asparagus for about 30 secondes then rinse them immediately in ice cold water. Cut the beef into strips. Mix together all the ingredients to a mixture and let the beef marinade for at least 1 hour. Save the reserved marinade to use while barbecuing.
Place bamboo skewers in cold water at least an hour before you plan to barbecue so that they absorb water and won’t burn on the grill.
Add the blanched asparagus to the beef marinade mixture then start to build your skewers. Using two bamboo skewers, place 3 strips of beef and 3 asparagus halves onto each serving. Cook the skewers on a hot grill just until the beef and asparagus gets some nice grill marks. I like my meat on the rare side so I only grill them for about 1-2 minutes. Brush them with some of the reserved marinade so the flavors get into the meat and asparagus. Serve with dipping sauce.
- equal parts of korean or japanese rice vinegar and soy sauce
- a dash of toasted sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon minced green onion
- 1 teaspoon kochukaru (korean chili flakes)
What I love most about summertime in Korea is the culture of barbecue. There is nothing we love more than heating up some charcoal and cooking up slabs of meat and vegetables out in the open air. Since Korean food is also very seasonal we eat the vegetables that are in abundance, in this case, asparagus ! This is a Korean style bbq skewer with Beelitz green asparagus. You can also swap out the asparagus for carrots or spring onions or whatever other vegetable is in season. Serve with rice and kimchi and you have what I consider the perfect meal !