How to Eat (Wrap) Bulgogi

불고기 쌈, BulGoGi Ssam

Today, I will show you how to wrap Korean BBQ. One of the uniquenesses of Korean cuisine is wrapping BBQ with a variety of leafy greens, other vegetables, and a wrapping sauce called “ssamjang.” How man times have we eaten a main dish and not got enough vegetables in our diet? I know I have done it more times that I would like to admit. In that point, this is a healthy way to enjoy eating meat. You can use this method of eating with many other kinds of Korean BBQ and meat. However, in this post, I will use the Sempio bulgogi recipe that I just posted. I also posted a homemade bulgogi recipe in the past, so you can check it out too. If you are a vegetarian, you can fry some tofu, eggs, or mushrooms and wrap those instead of the meat. That will be delicious too. :)

Short Korean Lesson

  • Byeok (벽) = Wall
  • GyeDan (계단) = Steps

Video Instructions

Main Ingredients

  • Cooked Bulgogi
  • Various Lettuce & Other Leafy Greens
  • Perilla Leaves
  • Carrot
  • Onion
  • Cucumber
  • Garlic

Sauce Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp Soybean Paste
  • 1 Tbsp Red Pepper Paste
  • 1 Tbsp Corn Syrup or Honey
  • ½ Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil
  • ½ tsp Sesame Seeds



Wash some of your favorite leafy greens including some perilla leaves. Perilla leaves are commonly used for wrapping meat in Korea. The leafy greens can be romaine lettuce, red leaf lettuce, mustard greens, etc. Set them aside to dry.


Cut some cucumbers and carrots into ½ inch thick sticks. Slice some garlic very thinly. Slice some onion thinly. Cut some hot peppers into ¼ inch pieces.


To make the wrapping sauce, mix all of the sauce ingredients together: 2 Tbsp soybean paste, 1 Tbsp red pepper paste, 1 Tbsp corn syrup (or honey), ½ Tbsp minced garlic, 1 tsp sesame oil, and ½ tsp sesame seeds. You will get about ¼ cup of sauce. If you like to eat this often, you can make a larger portion ahead of time and then store it in the refrigerator to serve whenever you need it.


This is how I served the chopped vegetables.


… and …


This is how I served the leaves.


To wrap the meat, place one or two green leaves in your hand. Then add one perilla leaf on top. Put one or 2 pieces of cooked meat on top of the leaves. Add any other chopped vegetables that you like. I like to add one of everything on mine as you can see. Lastly, add some of the special sauce on top.


Fold the leaves to make a ball, sealing it shut the top. Now eat! :)


It is a kind gesture in Korea to make a lettuce wrap and give (or feed) it to somebody. Usually this happens between family, relatives, couple, or close friends. Since it is considered to be a kind expression of feelings, if you are blind dating or if you are in a group meeting in Korea, this can be a good way to express your interest in somebody. Maybe if somebody gave you a lettuce wrap like this, he or she may have been trying to show their interest in you, if they were of the opposite sex and single. There are always exceptions, but in many cases this is true. hehe


  1. SIM says

    수행평가에서 웹사이트 만들기 하는데 저희 한국인 주제가 한국음식 레시피 거든요! 사진이랑 만드는 순서만 좀 가져가도 될까요 ㅠ

    • says

      hi SIM,
      안녕하세요. 한국에서 학교 다니시는건가요? 정확하게 어떤 레서피를 원하시는지… 레서피 하나면 되는건지… 알려주시겠어요? 다른 분들이 무단으로 사진을 사용하는 경우가 있어서 그렇네요. 수행평가 완료되시면 저에게도 보여주실수 있는지도 알려주세요. ^^ 미리 물어봐 주신점 감사드려요.

  2. Karrie says

    I just made bulgogi using your recipe.
    We also made the sauce and wrapped them with lettuce and veggies.
    Dinner was so good tonight!
    Thank you for the recipes.

  3. JWAN says

    Thanks for the great tips!!! 😀 😀
    But I’m wondering could you also post more recipes on different sauces and dipping sauce like 쌈짱 or 기름짱~ 너무 좋아서 근대 어떡해 만들기 모르겠어요 ><

    • says

      hi JWAN,
      You mean.. 기름장 ?? sorry..but what is it ? ^^:; you mean.. the sesame oil with salt in it.. to dip.. samgyupsal ?? I will add it to my list..thanks :)

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