English Name: spicy marinated pork with rice
Literal translation: spicy stir-fried pork
Simply put, Jaeyook Bokkeum is marinated pork stir-fry with mixed vegetables. It’s a straight forward dish that can be found at all types of restaurants and is enjoyed regularly all across Korea. Despite this fact, the dish is sometimes overlooked when people reference popular Korean foods.
The meat, which can consist of various cuts of pork, is marinated in that sweet and spicy gochujang based sauce that is often used in other Korean dishes. Hot pepper paste (gochujang), hot pepper powder (gochugaru), soy sauce, sesame oil, and other supplementary ingredients are mixed together to form a thick savory coating that is certain to add a ton of flavor to the pork and sautéed vegetables.
Jaeyook Bokkeum may come across as “spicy” to those who aren’t particularly fond of hot food. However, any who enjoy a little kick from time to time will likely find the dish to be mild at best.
Filling the role of the main dish during meals, jaeyook bokkeum is served among many side dishes. Like many other gochujang based meals, at least a side of rice is almost always served along with the dish.
You’ll hear jaeyook bokkeum referred to as Jaeyook Dup Bab when served over a bed of rice instead of with an order of rice on the side. There’re a couple of quick notes to keep in mind when ordering these two dishes at a restaurant.
Jaeyook Dap Bap will always be a single serving size and will always have the stir-fried pork and veggies on top of the bed of rice.
Jaeyook bokkeum is sometimes served in large portions intended for two people. It’s a good idea to verify the serving size before placing your order. You can do this in two ways:
– Description – the word “2 inbun” which means 2 servings will be visible if the meal is meant for two.
– Price – If it’s a little on the expensive side, 15,000 won for example, you can be fairly certain that it’s a double serving.
I remember being surprised the first time I encountered Jaeyook Dup Bap because I found it strange that I had been in country so long (about 4 years) without ever trying it. It was one of those items on the menu at every Gimbap Eunhaeng, Nara, or Cheongug or similar restaurants that I’d somehow managed to overlook for the first few years I was here in country.