In our household, we’re currently chasing a toddler pretty frequently, so dinners that come in a bowl are big winners with us. This Korean BBQ Pork Bowl is a new favorite; keep reading to find out why, or skip right to the recipe to get cooking.
We really liked this Korean BBQ Pork Bowl recipe for a number of reasons. Here are our top 3 reasons why:
- It’s really yummy! Korean BBQ has tangy and sweet flavors with just a bit of heat. We like pretty much anything with a Korean BBQ marinade.
- The textures and colors make this bowl fun to eat. Remember you eat with your eyes first, so having bright colors seems to make a bowl more fun to eat, and all of the crunchy veggies in the bowl also help make this dish more pleasing to eat.
- It’s fast to make – nothing in this dish takes very long to cook, and the chopping is done relatively quickly, so dinner can be done in just about 30 minutes!
Seriously, if you’ve never made a Korean BBQ recipe, this Korean BBQ Pork Bowl is a great recipe to try. You can customize it with your favorite vegetables (more on that later) and if you don’t like noodles, this recipe is also delicious on rice.
What cut of meat do you use for your Korean BBQ Pork Bowl?
We used pork tenderloin for this recipe. It’s lean and fast cooking, which we think is ideal for this recipe, and is easy to cut into small chunks. Here are two other cuts you could use instead:
- Boneless pork chops
- Boneless pork shoulder
Pork shoulder is a much fatter cut of meat than either pork tenderloin or pork chops. If you choose to use shoulder, you’ll want to cook the meat longer, but you will get a more richly flavored meal.
If you really wanted to get inventive, you could use cubed pork belly, just make sure to cook it until it is super crispy!
Can I make my own Korean BBQ sauce?
For our Korean BBQ Pork bowl marinade, we used a store bought Korean BBQ sauce to marinate our pork and flavor our noodles. There are a number of great brands available, but you can also make your own at home, if you would like to do so.
This Soy BBQ Marinade recipe from Chef David Chang’s Momofuke Peachy Keen website is a good place to start. You can find many other ideas around the internet, but we love what Chef David and his group do, so we’re going to stick with his recipes.
Are there other ingredients I can put in this bowl?
Holy cow, there are so many ingredients you could do in this bowl!
We already mentioned you could use rice instead of noodles, and we’ll get to meat choices later, so let’s focus on the vegetable choices.
We went with Napa Cabbage, Red Bell Pepper, and Carrot, all tossed in rice wine vinegar, seasoned, and seared. These ingredients bring crunch, flavor, and color. You can add whatever other vegetables you like to the stir fry pan. Ideas include:
The possibilities are really just about endless, so feel free to add whatever vegetables you can slice and stir-fry!
I’d like to make this a spicy Korean BBQ Pork Bowl – how do I do that?
We should be clear that this recipe is not inherently spicy. Korean BBQ sauces with Gochujang will have a touch of heat, and no more than that. However, if you like heat, it’s very easy to make this a spicy Korean BBQ Pork Bowl!
Simply mix in your favorite hot sauce with the Korean BBQ sauce to make it hot. Yep, that easy. We especially like adding a touch of Sriracha to this mix. It’s easy and the flavors go really well together.
I don’t eat pork – can I substitute the meat?
Of course – for all of you non-pork eaters out there, there is no need to fear, you can easily substitute chicken for the pork in this recipe. We much prefer the flavor of pork, but chicken will do just fine. We’d suggest cutting up boneless skinless chicken breast for this recipe.
You could also use a mixture of pork and chicken, or even use a bit of marinated tofu cooked with the pork for extra crunch!
Do you have other Korean recipes I can try?
We love Korean flavors, so we do have a few other Korean-inspired recipes for you to try on the site. Check these out:
- Galbi-style Korean Short Ribs
- Korean BBQ Chicken Tenders
- Korean BBQ Chicken Wings
- Korean BBQ Skirt Steak
As with almost all of our Korean food, we checked with our friend Chef Young of Simple Café in Lake Geneva for ideas, technique, and inspiration. If you’re in town and want to try a delicious Korean Breakfast bowl, you need to go to Simple. Thanks for the assist, Chef!
We hope we’ve answered all of the questions you may have about our Korean BBQ Pork Bowl recipe, short of “how do I cook it.” That comes next. If you have more questions, tips, or ideas, please leave us a comment below. We appreciate you rating and reviewing the recipe.
Enjoy – and we hope to see you soon at Lake Geneva Country Meat!
- 14 oz Rice Noodles
- 1 lb LGCM Pork Tenderloin (approximate weight)
- 1.5 cup Korean BBQ Sauce (store bought or homemade)
- 4 Carrot (peeled and thinly sliced lengthwise)
- 1 Red Bell Pepper (thinly sliced)
- 1 head Napa Cabbage (thinly sliced)
- 1 Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
- Kosher Salt
- Black Pepper
- 2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
- Green Onion (sliced for serving)
Cut your pork tenderloin into 1/2″ – 1″ cubes and add to a sealable plastic bag. Pour in approximately 1 cup Korean on top of the pork and mix together.
Add all of the sliced vegetables to a mixing bowl and pour in rice wine vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper and mix together.
Prepare rice noodles according to directions on package. Once the noodles are done, drain the noodles, reserving about 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid. Combine the cooking liquid with 1/2 cup Korean BBQ sauce and 2 tbsp. rice wine vinegar. Toss the noodles in this liquid before serving.
Add a tablespoon of vegetable oil to a frying pan and heat to medium heat. Once hot, add the sliced vegetables and stir fry until the vegetables are soft and cooked, about 10 minutes.
Add the remaining tablespoon of vegetable oil to a second frying pan and heat to medium-high heat. Once hot, add the pork and stir fry until cooked, about 6-8 minutes.
Once all ingredients are cooked, assemble your Korean BBQ Pork bowls by topping a bowl full of noodles with pieces of pork, slices of vegetables, and garnishing with sliced green onions. Enjoy!