Posted in Home Cooking, The Flavors of Asia, The Joy of Snacks

In Which Asian Flavors are Added to a Philadelphia Classic…

Here are the fixings...
Here are the fixings…

The Philadelphia cheese steak (more colloquially known as a “Philly cheese steak”) features strips of grilled steak in a hotdog bun, smothered in caramelized onions and drenched with a gooey cheese fondue.  It’s a scrumptious little bit of Americana that has recently made its way into the local food scene.

I, for one, don’t find it as appealing as everyone else does.  Given that most cheese steaks I’ve eaten err on the overly salted side (over-seasoned for the most part), these sandwiches have never exactly thrilled me.  Until, of course, I decided to give it a spin with some Asian elements.

The Bulgogi Cheese Steak
The Bulgogi Cheese Steak

I decided to use up some leftover bulgogi by turning it into a kind of Korean Cheese Steak.  I layered fruity-tasting beef bulgogi on some mayo-slathered wholegrain bread, topped it with mild Cheddar (anything stronger would overpower the taste of the meat), and popped it into a toaster oven till the bread’s edges crisped up  and the cheese softened.  A few shreds of spicy kimchi, and I had a sandwich to rival Philly’s best.  😉



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

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