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Dish of the Week: Bulgogi cheesesteak at Pijiu Belly

For meat eaters, beef bulgogi is an irresistible combination of flavors that seems almost unfair if you’re trying to eat healthier. Typically made with thin-sliced beef marinated in sweet and salty flavors, bulgogi most often is grilled over an open flame. Its name actually is a Korean portmanteau that literally translates to “fire-meat.”

Stuff it in a good French loaf, and top it with cheese, and you have the bulgogi cheesesteak from Pijiu Belly. It’s a bona fide New Year’s resolution-killer.

For those not worrying about their diet, the bulgogi cheesesteak makes a fabulous winter meal. The sweetness of the bulgogi marinade adds an extra dimension to the traditional cheesesteak. There’s more depth of flavor, complementing the saltiness of the meat and richness of the cheese. 

In the cold and darkness of January, dishes like the bulgogi cheesesteak provide comfort and calories that you might not crave during warmer seasons. Perhaps the key is not avoiding comfort food altogether, but offsetting it with a healthy side dish and a few more calories burned. 

Pijiu Belly. 678 10th St. NW, Atlanta. 404-343-6828,

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