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Norwalk teen makes 'Korean barbecue'

Bt CARY ASHBY • Aug 6, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Travis Baker Jr.’s featured recipe is one he learned from his father.

The 17-year-old Norwalk resident made bulgogi, which takes about two hours to prepare.

“It’s Korean barbecue. My dad has made it (as I was) growing up. It’s one of my favorite dishes,”  said Baker, who noted people who enjoy foreign foods would enjoy bulgogi. 

His father, who was in the U.S. Air Force for 10 years, lived in Korea. That’s where he picked up the recipe for bulgogi, which usually consists of grilled marinated beef.  

Baker makes bulgogi about once every three months. He said it took him by his first or second time to get it down.

His girlfriend of a year, Jazz Ashakih, said his twist of adding more sugar makes it tasty. As Baker said: “I use a lot of sugar in everything I make.”

“He puts soy sauce in it,” she added, referring to bulgogi.

Baker cooks regularly for his girlfriend.

“He’s very good. He’ll probably be cooking when we have a family,” Ashakih said.

Baker, 17, enjoys installing car stereos in his free time. 

“My dad has been doing it since he was 14 and I’ve been doing it the last two or three years,” he said.

His favorite things to eat are beef jerky and cereal, specifically Fruity Pebbles.

The meal he fixes most is breakfast and Baker is known for pancakes. He said the trick is “the right amount of flour.”

Baker said the best thing he makes is bulgogi.

His girlfriend chose a different option: Strawberry enchiladas.

“They were amazing,” Ashakih said.

Baker’s tip to other cooks is don’t give up.

“A lot of people mess up a recipe and won’t make it again,” he said.

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