Bulgogi is a Korean dish consisting of marinated and grilled beef which has been sliced very thin. Bulgogi derives from northern part of Korea but has since become a very popular dish in South Korea. Bulgogi is said to date back nearly 2000 years and has since become a staple of Korean cuisine. There are a great range of variations of bulgogi, for example, it can be served as part of a stew or it can be marinated in a spicy paste such as gochujang
The name bulgogi literally translates to "fire meat", where bul
means "fire" and gogi
means "meat". This compound word comes from the Pyongan dialect, which is spoken in the north western part of North Korea.
The correct pronunciation of bulgogi is pool-goh-gee
In Korean, the "b" is often a sound that is pronounced similarly to a "p", as is the case with bulgogi. After that, the "u" is pronounced with a double "o" sound. The second syllable, -goh
, is often mispronounced in English as -gow, but this is incorrect: the "o" is pronounced with a short "o", or "oh" sound. The final "i" is then pronounced with a long "e" or double "e" sound.