BULGOGI PIZZA

Bulgogi Pizza, a popular Korean pizza, is what we are going to create today. Certainly, this is yet another inventive approach to enjoying the delectable Korean barbecue known as Bulgogi!

At the very least once a week, I prepare the Korean meal known as bulgogi, which is a favorite among those who enjoy Korean cuisine.

Consequently, it is only natural that I make an effort to devise as many different ways as I can to enjoy this delectable bulgogi in order to prevent our family from being bored with it. A short while ago, I came up with this mouthwatering recipe for bulgogi pizza, and I strongly suggest that you give it a shot as well.

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In Korea, the Bulgogi Pizza is a very popular type of pizza. As a matter of fact, the very first pizza I ever tried was a bulgogi pizza, which I encountered in the year 1996. I do not believe that the term “PIZZA” was commonly used in Korea during that time period, especially in the little town where I was living.

To be honest, I don’t have much to say about my very first pizza, but it was delicious. I believe that the flavor is still present in my mind twenty years later! I could be exaggerating things a little bit…

The Bulgogi pizza is stuffed with a wide variety of colorful veggies, including corn kernels. I’m aware that this may cause some individuals to raise their eyebrows, but it’s actually rather delicious. Despite the fact that it might sound strange, corn kernels appear to be a common ingredient on practically every type of pizza from Korea.

BULGOGI PIZZA

In any case, in order to make my bulgogi pizza even more unique, I decided to make the base sauce for the pizza instead of using barbecue sauce or a regular pizza sauce. I believe that it really enhances the flavor in general. (I made the sauce for this dish using the same recipe that I used for the Bulgogi Rice Burger.) This sauce gave my pizza a flavor that was perfectly balanced between sweet, somewhat salty, and savory, and it was spread all over the crust! The flavor of this bulgogi pizza is very similar to that of a Korean pizza franchise, so you won’t be let down by the experience! Please give it a shot as soon as possible!

In addition, don’t forget to check out some of my other mouthwatering pizza recipes right here! pizza topped with kimchi and Korean barbecue chicken pizza

INGREDIENTS FOR BULGOGI PIZZA (SERVES 2 AS MAIN MEAL)

  • 26 cm/ 10 inch pizza base (stone baked)
  • Bulgogi pizza sauce (mix these in a bowl)
  • 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1/2 Tbsp rice wine
  • 1/4 tsp oyster sauce
  • 1/8 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/8 tsp sesame oil
  • Bulgogi pizza sauce thickening agent (mix these in a bowl)
  • 1 tsp potato/corn starch
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • Toppings
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 small mushroom (30g/1 ounce), thinly sliced
  • 20g (0.7 ounces) sliced black olives
  • 20g (0.7 ounces) brown onion, thinly sliced
  • 100g (3.5 ounces) bulgogi (marinated Korean BBQ beef), cooked & cut into smaller pieces if desired
  • 1 Tbsp corn kernels (from a tin), drained
  • 30g (1 ounce) green capsicum/bell pepper, finely diced

HOW TO MAKE BULGOGI PIZZA

BULGOGI PIZZA
BULGOGI PIZZA

(The below steps are based on cooking the pizza on a pizza stone. If you use other method, adjust accordingly.)

1. Put a pizza stone into an oven and pre-heat it at 200 degree celsius (392 F) – this is based on a fan assisted oven setting, while the pizza is getting ready (for about 35 mins). Typically 20 mins preheating is sufficient but then I tend to forget to put it into the oven. So I do this first thing and preheat longer as a result.

2. Make the Bulgogi pizza sauce in a pan. – Pour the Bulgogi pizza sauce in a heated pan and boil it over low heat for about 10 to 20 seconds. Add the thickening agent and stir well until the sauce is thickened. (The sauce thickens faster at a higher temperature.) Scoop out the sauce onto a plate and set aside.

3. Assemble the pizza.

  • Pour all the pizza sauce onto the pizza base and spread it thinly and thoroughly.
  • Sprinkle the shredded cheese.
  • Add the mushrooms, olives, onion and Bulgogi on top.
  • Scatter corn kernel and green capsicum/bell pepper between the gaps.

4. Transfer the pizza onto the pizza stone and bake it for 10 mins at 200 degree celsius (392 F).

5. Take the pizza out from the oven and slice. Enjoy!

FAQ:

  1. What are the main ingredients for Bulgogi Pizza?
    • Pizza dough (homemade or store-bought)
    • Bulgogi beef (thinly sliced beef marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, garlic, sesame oil, and other seasonings)
    • Pizza sauce or alternative sauce like gochujang (Korean chili paste) or a blend of soy sauce and brown sugar
    • Mozzarella cheese (or a blend of cheeses like cheddar and mozzarella)
    • Optional toppings: sliced onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, green onions, and sesame seeds
  2. How do I prepare the bulgogi beef?
    • Marinate thinly sliced beef in a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, minced garlic, sesame oil, grated pear (for tenderness), and other seasonings for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight in the refrigerator.
    • Cook the marinated beef in a hot skillet or grill until it’s caramelized and cooked through.
  3. What’s the recommended cooking method for Bulgogi Pizza?
    • Preheat your oven to the highest temperature setting (usually around 500°F or 260°C). Place a pizza stone or baking sheet in the oven to preheat.
    • Roll out the pizza dough into your desired shape and thickness. Place it on parchment paper for easy transfer.
    • Spread the pizza sauce or alternative sauce over the dough, leaving a small border around the edges.
    • Sprinkle a generous amount of shredded mozzarella cheese over the sauce.
    • Arrange the cooked bulgogi beef and any additional toppings evenly over the cheese.
  4. How long do I bake the pizza?
    • Transfer the assembled pizza (on the parchment paper) onto the preheated pizza stone or baking sheet in the oven.
    • Bake for about 10-15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbly and melted.
  5. Can I customize the toppings?
    • Absolutely! Feel free to add your favorite toppings to customize your Bulgogi Pizza. Sliced onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, and green onions are popular choices. You can also sprinkle sesame seeds over the top for extra flavor and crunch.
  6. Can I make it vegetarian or vegan?
    • Yes, you can make a vegetarian or vegan version of Bulgogi Pizza by using plant-based protein alternatives like tofu or tempeh instead of beef, and using dairy-free cheese.
  7. Any serving suggestions?
    • Once the pizza is done baking, you can garnish it with additional fresh herbs like cilantro or green onions for a pop of color and freshness. Slice it up and serve hot!

 

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