Pork Bulgogi Wrap at Woorijip – NYC

pork lettuce wrap @ woorijip

I wasn’t planning to write about anymore food in New York until I finished my East Asian posts, but on Wednesday I ate something so good I had to write about it. That something was the Pork Lettuce Wrap ($2.50) from Woorijip (우리집). I wasn’t expecting much when I bought it. It was tiny, and it looked pretty ordinary, but I got it anyway because, strangely, I wasn’t very hungry that day, and also, I thought it would be a nice change from the kimbab I normally get. But to my surprise, it was FREAKING AMAZING!

pork lettuce wrap @ woorijipInstead of the lame ass soy sauce marinated pork I had expected, the wrap was full of pork bulgogi (돼지불고기, sliced pork marinated in a spicy gochujang/red chili paste based sauce). Really good pork bulgogi with lots of nice thick slices that were tender and flavorful. It was spicy with just enough sweetness to balance out the heat. Keep in mind though I nuked the wrap for a minute when I got back to the office. I don’t like cold hard wraps or solidified grease. The pork is fatty so if it’s cold, the meat will be hard and the fat congealed. If you plan to eat the wrap at Woorijip, I would recommended making use of their microwave. If you’re worried about the shredded lettuce inside, don’t worry, there isn’t much anyway.

My only gripe is that pork bulgogi is a little salty. I’m sure the same pork eaten with rice would have been fine, but in a thin wrap, it’s salty. At work I ate the wrap with a salad I scavenged from the leftovers of a catered lunch meeting, and it was just what it needed. If you don’t want to go the salad route, or the scavenging route, just grab a large drink and you’ll be fine. After all, it’s only $2.50. You’ll be able to afford it.

UPDATE (12/18): Called Woorijip to see if they have the wrap for reader Steve today, and according to the man at Woorijip, the Pork Bulgogi Wrap is not on the menu, and worse, may never return! He said they like to change up the menu, and also the pork bulgogi takes a lot more work. I assume the need to marinate the meat and the longer time needed to grill the thick pork makes it not cost effective to have everyday. Today, they have a chicken wrap. Sadness…

Woorijip (우리집)
12 W 32nd Street (betw Broadway & 5th Ave; map)
New York, NY 10001

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  1. bionicgrrrl

    @Midtown Lunch – These are pork bulgogi wraps/burritos, different from the bulgogi kimchi fried rice wraps they had previously. No rice, pork instead of beef, and hence, more flavor!

  2. esther

    awesome! i have not been chillin’ at Woorijip cuz their ddukbokki started to be not as yummy (which is my faveeeeeeeee) but this I want to try!

    I would probably take out the lettuce, then microwave, then put it back in. 🙂

  3. Danny

    wow, 2.50! that’s a price i can fall in love with. i gotta get down there to try this. and it’s amazing what kind of stuff taste a little better if we just take it back to our desk and warm it up a little. i do that with pastries and mmm…

  4. bionicgrrrl

    @James – Korean food rocks!

    @esther – Not much lettuce and it’s shredded, so it would be hard to take out without making a huge mess. A HUGE RED MESS.

    @Danny – Remember it’s small, so you might need 2 or something on the side. Yeah, I love the microwave at work. Hot food should be hot!

  5. Steve

    Are these only on Wednesdays?

    I went on Tuesday and didnt see them. Maybe I will check today.

    Are they in the hot cases in the middle?

  6. bionicgrrrl

    @Steve – No, not in the hot cases. They were on the shelves 2nd or 3rd to the end, on the right of the dduk. But OMG, I just called Woorijip to ask if they had it for you and guess what?! The guy who answered the phone said they like to change up the menu every week, and they are not sure the pork bulgogi wrap will be coming back on the menu! Argh, no!!!! Today they have a chicken wrap. 🙁

  7. Steve

    had the chicken and cheese wrap today. it is basically the sweet and sour chicken inside the wrap with some unidentifiable cheese. meh

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