Mushroom Bulgogi

We like to go meatless at least a couple times a week but the food must be not only delicious, but hearty enough for my guys or they will happily eat dinner and then go out for a burger an hour later. I would say this Mushroom Bulgogi certainly fits the bill on all counts.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Carole from The Yum Yum Factor.

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Marinate: 1 hour | Cook Time: 10 minutes | Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

454 grams (1 lb) of white button mushrooms, sliced

marinade:
1/4 cup soy sauce
2.5 tbsp. of rice syrup, corn syrup or honey
2 tbsp. mirin
1 tbsp. sesame oil
1 tbsp. grated garlic (I used 5 cloves)
1 tsp grated ginger
1 small pear, finely grated 1/2 red onion, finely grated 10 grinds black pepper
2-3 tbsp. canola or grapeseed oil
1/2 large red onion, sliced 1/4” slices 1 carrot, julienned
2 cloves garlic, sliced
4 slices ginger, finely chopped
1 small Asian eggplant, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced small pinch kosher salt
200g (7oz) enoki mushrooms

optional garnishes: cilantro, scallion, sesame seeds, hot sauce

Method

1. Mix together all of the marinade ingredients – if you don’t want to finely grate everything, you can throw it all in the blender and mix it until it’s smooth – we don’t want chunks in there. Toss the mushrooms with the marinade and leave in the fridge for at least an hour to marinate.
2. Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a large pan and when it’s hot, throw in the onion slices. Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring often, until starting to get brown spots. Add in the garlic and ginger, stir fry for about 30 seconds before adding in the eggplant and carrot with a small pinch of kosher salt and cook that for 5 minutes.
3. Remove the eggplant and onion to a bowl and add another tbsp. oil to the hot pan. Start cooking the mushrooms in batches, removing them with a slotting spoon so that you are leaving the marinade behind, until they get nicely browned and remove them, as you go, to the bowl with the eggplant and onion. Keep drizzling in about 1/2 tbsp. of oil with each batch of mushrooms, reserving the marinade left behind.
4. When the mushrooms are all cooked, throw the contents of the bowl back into the hot pan. Give it a good stir and then add in the reserved marinade, letting it come to a boil and then throw in the enoki mushrooms and cook, stirring constantly, for another minute.
5. Serve the Bulgogi over steamed rice and garnish with a bit of cilantro, chopped scallion, sesame seeds and/or some hot sauce if you like.