"Princess Hours" (A.K.A. "Goong") episode 7.
In "Princess Hours", a young girl from a middle-class family marries Korea's crown prince (in an alternate history where there is still a ruling royal family in Korea), thus becoming a princess. Lettuce wraps are very common (and yummy!) and the girl would like to eat them in her new palace home, but she is forbidden because the wraps are not seen as refined food fit for royalty. When she and her crowned prince husband visit her family though, after picking fresh lettuce from the garden, she and her family introduce the prince to the delicious fun of lettuce wraps buy stuffing the leaves full of meat and then stuffing the wraps in each other's faces. The atmosphere is so relaxed and the family's closeness is so evident that the prince, not used to such a lifestyle, can't help but smile.
The lettuce wraps in "Arang and the Magistrate" come about between two comedic side characters as they gradually fall for each other. The shaman lady makes really good pork bulgogi and at one point wraps it in lettuce. In the story, she is attributed with creating the pork lettuce wrap. The manservant of the magistrate has a bite and falls in love, with her and the food.
Note: Bulgogi is traditionally grilled, but these days pan-frying is common as well. I don't have a grill so I've used a pan on the stove, as well as constructing my own make-shift grill, but if you have a real grill please use it! Make sure you put the meat pieces on a mesh rack or something else that won't allow them to fall through into the flames/coals below.
Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps
1-1 1/2 lbs. Super Thin Rib-eye Steak OR Pork Loin or Pork Butt, cut into little bite-size strips
(You can ask the grocery store meat dept. to cut it as thin as they can & then you can cut it into small pieces at home.)
Leafy Lettuce (like Green Leaf or Romaine, not iceberg!)
1/3 Cup Soy Sauce
2 Tbsp. Sesame Oil
3 Tbsp. Brown Sugar (or white sugar is fine)
2 Tbsp. Minced Garlic
2 Tbsp. Sesame Seeds
2 Green Onions/Scallions (including white parts) OR 1/2 Sweet Onion, julienned
1/4 tsp. Ground Black Pepper (optional)
1 tsp. Minced/Grated Fresh Ginger (optional)
1. In a medium bowl whisk together all of the marinade ingredients. Pour into a shallow dish & add in the meat, making sure all of the pieces are completely submerged. Marinate for several hours or overnight.
Bulgogi and lettuce wraps make appearances all over the place in K-dramas.
Keep your eyes peeled and let me know in the comments below where you spot them!