Gopchang - Korean dish made from beef or pork intestines


Gopchang is a Korean dish made from beef or pork intestines, often enjoyed as a popular street food. It has a unique chewy texture and rich flavor. Here's a traditional Gopchang recipe along with the ingredients and cooking instructions:


- 500 grams of beef or pork intestines (cleaned and prepped, available at Korean or Asian grocery stores)

- 1 onion, thinly sliced

- 4 cloves of garlic, minced

- 2 green onions, chopped

- Salt

- Pepper

- Sesame oil

- Gochujang (Korean red chili paste) or ssamjang (Korean dipping sauce) for serving

- Optional: Vegetables such as cabbage, perilla leaves, or mushrooms


1. Clean and prep the intestines: Rinse the beef or pork intestines under cold water to remove any excess debris or odor. Soak them in cold water for about 30 minutes to further cleanse them. Then, cut the intestines into bite-sized pieces.

2. Blanch the intestines: Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the intestines and blanch them for about 5 minutes to remove any remaining impurities. Drain the intestines and rinse them under cold water.

3. Marinate the intestines: In a bowl, combine the blanched intestines, sliced onion, minced garlic, chopped green onions, salt, pepper, and a drizzle of sesame oil. Mix well to evenly coat the ingredients. Let the intestines marinate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to develop.

4. Grill the intestines: Heat a grill pan or a barbecue grill over medium-high heat. Place the marinated intestines on the grill, turning them occasionally to ensure even cooking. Grill the intestines for about 5-7 minutes or until they are cooked through and slightly charred.

5. Optional: Grill vegetables: If desired, you can also grill vegetables like cabbage, perilla leaves, or mushrooms to serve alongside the gopchang. Simply brush the vegetables with a little sesame oil and grill them until tender.

6. Serve: Transfer the grilled intestines to a serving plate. Serve them with gochujang or ssamjang for dipping. You can also serve the grilled intestines with steamed rice, kimchi, and other Korean side dishes.

Tips for the best way to cook Gopchang:

- Ensure the intestines are properly cleaned and blanched before cooking to remove any unwanted odor or impurities.

- Marinating the intestines enhances their flavor. Allow enough time for the marinade to infuse the meat.

- Grilling the intestines over medium-high heat gives them a smoky flavor and caramelizes the edges, adding depth to the dish.

- Serve the grilled gopchang hot and enjoy it with various accompaniments for a complete and satisfying meal.

Gopchang is a unique and flavorful Korean dish that can be enjoyed by those who appreciate the rich and chewy texture of intestines.