Grilled Gochujang Pork With Fresh Sesame Kimchi
Pork shoulder is often prepared as a large roast, requiring hours of cooking until it’s tender. But if you slice it thinly and pound it, the meat quickly absorbs this savory gochujang marinade and cooks up in no time. The spicy pork is balanced by a cool and crisp sesame kimchi, eaten fresh like a salad rather than fermented like traditional preparations. Baby bok choy stands in for the usual napa cabbage, and it’s coated in a vibrant sauce of garlic, ginger, gochugaru, fish sauce and nutty sesame oil. Tuck any leftover pork and kimchi into sandwiches the next day, garnished with tomatoes and mayonnaise.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 2tablespoons gochugaru (Korean red chile flakes)
- 2tablespoons distilled white vinegar
- 2tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- 3teaspoons grated garlic
- 2teaspoons grated peeled ginger
- 1teaspoon kosher salt (such as Diamond Crystal), plus more for seasoning
- ½teaspoon fish sauce
- 1tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 ½pounds baby bok choy, quartered lengthwise
- 3scallions, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced on the diagonal
- 2tablespoons gochujang (Korean chile paste)
- 2tablespoons neutral oil, such as safflower or canola
- 1tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
- 1teaspoon ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning
- 2pounds pork shoulder, thinly sliced crosswise and pounded 1/8-inch-thick (see Tip)
- 1large white onion, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rings
- Steamed rice, for serving
Step 1In a large bowl, combine the gochugaru, vinegar, sesame oil, 1 teaspoon of the garlic, 1 teaspoon of the ginger, 1 teaspoon salt, the fish sauce and 1/2 teaspoon of the sugar; mix well. Add bok choy and scallions, and toss with your hands, working the sauce in between and all over the leaves.
Step 2Heat a grill to medium-high or heat a stovetop griddle pan over medium-high. In a large bowl, combine the gochujang, neutral oil, soy sauce, 1 teaspoon black pepper and the remaining 2 teaspoons garlic, 1 teaspoon ginger and 1 tablespoon sugar; mix well. Very lightly season the pork with salt and pepper. Add pork and onion to the marinade and toss, gently massaging the marinade all over the meat (The meat does not need to rest in the marinade before it is grilled, but it can be marinated for up to 3 hours.)
Step 3Grill the pork and onion, in batches if necessary, until nicely charred and caramelized around the edges, and the pork is cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a serving platter.
Step 4Serve the grilled pork and onions with the fresh sesame kimchi and rice on the side.