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Bulgogi BBQ Pork Chops & Cold Sesame Noodle Salad

A savoury-sweet marinated grilled pork chop recipe with peppery bulgogi sauce + an easily-adaptable, go-to summer noodle salad recipe. In partnership with Sempio.
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Korean
Author: Jennifer Pallian

Ingredients

For pork

  • 4 bone-in pork chops about 3/4" thick
  • 1 cup Sempio Bulgogi Marinade
  • toasted sesame seeds optional
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1/4 cup cold water

For salad

  • 2 cup snap peas
  • 6 oz vermicelli noodles
  • 1 cup chopped radishes or 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt + salt for boiling water
  • 1/4 cup chopped cashews or peanuts
  • 1 lime quartered
  • toasted sesame seeds optional

Instructions

  • Arrange pork chops in a shallow baking dish and pour Bulgogi marinade over top, turning chops to coat. Cover and marinate for 30 minutes at room temperature, or up to 24 hours in the fridge (in which case, bring to room temperature prior to grilling).
  • Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl with ice and cold water.
  • Prepare a gas grill for indirect grilling (by lighting only half of the burners) and preheating for 10 minutes, or preheat a grill pan for 5 minutes over medium-high heat.
  • Arrange chops on unlit side of the grill, letting excess marinade drip back into the baking dish, and immediately close the lid. Transfer marinade to a medium saucepan.
  • Cook chops for about 8 minutes, then flip, close the lid again, and cook a few minutes more. Transfer chops to the direct heat side of the grill until lightly charred and cooked to 160ºF. Move to a plate and tent with foil to rest for 5 minutes.
  • While chops are cooking, whisk corn starch into water until no lumps remain, then whisk into the reserved marinade. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to a simmer and cook until thick and glossy, about 10 minutes.

To make salad:

  • Cook peas in boiling water for two minutes, until crisp-tender, then immediately transfer to ice bath, keeping water at a boil. Cook vermicelli in the same pot for about 4 minutes (or according to package directions) until tender. Transfer to same ice bath.
  • When cooled, strain peas and vermicelli and transfer to a salad bowl along with radishes.  Whisk together sesame oil, rice vinegar, sugar, and salt. Pour over salad and toss well to combine. Sprinkle with cashews and sesame seeds, if desired, and serve with lime wedges to squeeze over.