bulgogi

noun
bul·go·gi | \ˈbül-ˈgō-gē \

Definition of bulgogi 

: a Korean dish of thinly sliced, marinated beef that is grilled or panfried Bulgogi, a traditional Korean barbecue …, marries the sweetness of sugar and scallion, the spiciness of black pepper and raw garlic, and the earthiness of toasted sesame to create perfectly charred beef with the sugars caramelizing the outside of the meat. Classically, one would wrap this barbecue in lettuce leaves with more garlic, miso paste, and chili, …— Anita Lo, The Advocate, May 2009

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First Known Use of bulgogi

1961, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bulgogi

borrowed from Korean pulkogi, from pul “fire” + kogi “meat, beef”

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