The truth of the matter is I have no idea the origin of this recipe. It began as a Pinterest recipe, and I checked a few leads, but each site was giving credit to each other, and some not at all. When I thought I finally found the site, it gave credit back to Pinterest. At this point all I know is that I have used this recipe so many times I have lost count - - and by now have added my own touches, hints, and options.
Have I mentioned I love Pinterest? Well, I do. I have collected a lot of recipes from Pinterest, and I actually give them a try. If the recipe does not live up to their expectations, as per ease and taste, they get deleted. Those I love are the "keepers" I refer back to my Pinterest recipe boards.
Perhaps I over think things, but I changed the name of the recipe - - a bit. It was named Korean Beef, but as I thought about it, what exactly makes it - - "Korean?" Well, many of the flavors do remind me of beef bulgogi, but making it authentic would Koreans actually use ground beef in this recipe? And speaking of hamburger, I always use organic grass-fed beef. The obvious for many reasons, but also the meat is leaner.
Below are the basic ingredients, but I think one could "springboard" it up and instead of hamburger use flank steak; or keep it vegetarian and use steamed broccoli, or fresh asparagus in season. I also like to add some grated raw carrot to the cooked beef before I add the sauce ingredients. It adds texture, and the carrot especially adds color.
Use the same sauce recipe and add it onto cooked ground turkey or chicken and place on a lettuce leaf for a lettuce wrap like that Asian-influenced chain restaurant does. Double the sauce recipe and save some for dipping.
And don't forget to have a pot of steamed rice on stand-by. I think you will be happy at how fast this recipe pulls together.
Korean-Style Beef Bowl Basic Ingredients: