Pin It
Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Korean Barbecue with a Twist

By
Korean Barbecue/ © incultureparent

Here’s a recipe for a simple family dinner, that is always a top favorite with my kids. Even though we’re a part Moroccan household, with one gluten-free daughter, we eat a lot of Asian food, not only cause we love it but also because so much of it is naturally gluten free.  I have never been to Korea so can’t make any claims to the authenticity of this dish, but I can guarantee its tastiness and kid friendliness.

 

Ingredients

1 pound of very thinly sliced beef–skirt steak works best  (for a family of four)*

1 head of iceberg lettuce (for a family of four; with five or more you really need two heads).

¼ cup rice vinegar

½ cup soy sauce (to make it gluten free, use Tamari sauce)

2 cloves garlic

2 T chopped ginger

2 scallions diced (half the time I don’t have scallions in the fridge and it still comes out great)

1 T honey

1 T sesame oil

Rice

Toppings of your choice

 

Instructions

  1. Mix all the wet ingredients together, with the ginger, garlic and scallion.
  2. Marinate the beef for 30 minutes. (I often do just 15 minutes when in a rush.)
  3. While the beef is marinating, make the rice. Sticky rice works best but if you don’t have sticky rice, it’s not big deal.
  4. Wash the lettuce and chop off the heads. Pat it dry. Each lettuce leaf will form one wrap for your beef and rice.
  5. Lay the beef out on in a shallow baking dish. Make sure it is not piled on top of each other. Put the broiler on high.
  6. Once the broiler is hot, put the beef in. It usually cooks in about 10-15 minutes since it is so thin. It has a nice crisp to it. Note: you can also BBQ it, since the recipe is after all for Korean BBQ. I find the broiler quicker overall for a fast weeknight dinner.
  7. For the toppings, this is where our Korean BBQ takes a twist. We chop up a variety of non-Korean stuff and put them in a little bowls for everyone to sprinkle on their lettuce wraps as they see fit. Here are some examples:
    – Grated carrot
    – Chopped olives
    – Shreds of dried seaweed
    – Jalapenos
    – Avocado
    Go with whatever favorites your kids have!

    photo-2

     

  8. Eat and enjoy! To eat, take the lettuce leaf, put a little rice on it, a piece of beef, a little sauce and any of the toppings, then gently fold all sides of the lettuce leaf down to eat. (I have found the lettuce doesn’t exactly roll well, but it does fold decently)!

photo-1

 

Lila had to be coaxed to eat more than just beef this time around.

 

photo-3

 

Notes and Modifications

*Lately, I am trying to eat vegetarian so I make this with portabella mushrooms for myself. The portabellas don’t need nearly as long to marinate as the beef though, or they become overly marinated in my opinion!

 

This recipe is part of a month log blog hop for Simple Family Dinners. Definitely go check out all the contributors to this effort as you are guaranteed to find some new recipes for your dinner routine. I can’t wait to find some new ones for our family!

 

 photo SimpleFamilyDinnerBlogHop_zps61b8cafe.jpg

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom | Inspired by Family | Sun Scholars | This Reading Mama | Life by Ashley Pichea | In Culture Parent | Raising Life Long Learners | Glittering Muffins | Octavia and Vicky | Kid World Citizen | Kitchen Counter Chronicles | Nomad Parents | Childhood 101 | Triple T Mum | Adventures in Mommydom | The Freckled Homeschooler | Teach Beside Me | The Chirping Moms | Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes | So You Call Yourself a Homeschooler | Pickle Bums | The European Mama | The Golden Gleam | Forever, For Always, No Matter What | Motherhood on a Dime | Harrington Harmonies | Rainy Day Mum | Jenni Fischer | Cakes and Sribbles | Toddling Into Madness | Mermaids’ Makings | Mud Hut Mama | Here Come the Girls | All Done Monkey | Small Potatoes | Little Artists

 

© 2013, Stephanie Meade. All rights reserved.

m4s0n501

More Great Stuff You'll Love:


10 Things Not to Say to Parents of Multilingual Children

Have you been guilty of any of these?

Ten Reasons Parents Should Read Multicultural Books to Kids

Why it's critical all parents read books that reflect diversity

Si­, Yes: Raising Bilingual Twins

Language acquisition in three-and-a-half year old, bilingual twins.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Stephanie is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of InCultureParent. She has two Moroccan-American daughters (ages 5 and 6), whom she is raising, together with her husband, bilingual in Arabic and English at home, while also introducing Spanish. After many moves worldwide, she currently lives in Berkeley, California.

Leave us a comment!

5 Comments
  1. CommentsHapaMama   |  Wednesday, 20 February 2013 at 9:49 am

    Yum, I love Korean BBQ!

  2. CommentsSimple Family Dinner Blog Hop: Make Your Own Personal Pizzas - This Reading Mama   |  Wednesday, 20 February 2013 at 12:04 pm

    […] 2/20 In Culture Parent: Korean Barbecue with a Twist […]

  3. CommentsMud Hut Mama   |  Wednesday, 20 February 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Oh that looks delicious! I will have to see if I can get rice vinegar and sesame oil here so I can give it a try.

  4. CommentsKim at Mama Mzungu   |  Thursday, 21 February 2013 at 12:50 am

    Love this! I just added to my “go to” cookbook!

  5. CommentsGrow Mama Grow · GrowMama Picks for February 2013   |  Thursday, 28 February 2013 at 8:01 am

    […] Need a kid friendly Asian food recipe? Here is one that will have your mouth […]









Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail.
Or leave your email address and click here to receive email notifications of new comments without leaving a comment yourself.

Get weekly updates right in your inbox so you don't miss out!



10 Best Children's Books for Gifts

Our Editors favorite multicultural books for this holiday season.

Will Three Languages Confuse a Young Child?

My wife thinks three languages will confuse our child. Is she right?

11 African-American Children’s Books for Christmas and Kwanzaa

Try a few of these from this fantastic selection of African-American holiday books

What I Can Do as a White Mom After Darren Wilson’s Acquittal

How do I explain to my kids the racism that does not come in the form of explicit laws and overt, blatant prejudice?

10 Multicultural Children’s Books that Make Adults Cry

We dare you to read these without a tear

Why This Mom Banned the Word ‘Weird’ From Her Kids' Vocabulary

One approach to explaining diversity to kids.

French versus Italian Parenting in One Multicultural Family

How one mom in an intercultural marriage sees the differences between Italian and French parenting

The Cultural Battleground of Sleepovers

Should they be allowed because it's "normal?" Think again.

Are Parents Too Overprotective in the West and Too Lax in the East?

Would you pick up a stranger's child or is that invasive?
[…] Photo Credit: incultureparents.com […...
From How to Raise Strong and Confident Asian Pacific American Daughters
[…] Western sleep weirdness. […...
From The West’s Strange Relationship to Babies and Sleep
I come from Mumbai, India. My son speaks gujarati (language) at home because that is our mother tongue. He speaks Hindi in our aparment building because that is a common language in Mumbai. He...
From Will Three Languages Confuse a Young Child?
One of the first big books i read ...
From Favorite Swedish Stories: Emil in the Soup Tureen
[…] and other recommendations are further developed here and here: Giselle from Kid Yoga Stories and Tips for starting a family yoga practice.  And her favorite pose? Restin...
From 10 Tips for Starting a Family Yoga Practice
[…] Fall is almost behind us but here’s a beautiful presentation of fall traditions around the world! […...
From Fall Traditions and Celebrations Around the World
Great and in depth list! I have another suggestion for German. It's Learn German with Play! Phrase Guide and Puppet Kit. It's made by www.fluentfamily.com and they also have several phrase guides ta...
From Language Resource Library for Raising Bilingual Kids
[…] nothing to look forward to. More resources for Three Kings Day: Craft a kid’s crown Read a children’s books about Three Kings Day Make the traditional bread: rosca de […...
From Hurray for Three Kings Day: Book Review
[…] be a long, cold month with nothing to look forward to. More resources for Three Kings Day: Craft a kid’s crown Read a children’s books about Three Kings Day Make the tradition...
From Three Kings Craft: Make a Crown

More Recipes