The Ultimate Guide to Korean

Photo: Bulgogi

The Ultimate Guide to Korean 

Korean BBQ is one of the top five most popular types of cuisine in the world, with millions of people enjoying this delicious meal every day. If you want to try Korean BBQ for the first time, don’t worry, because we’ve got you covered.

Key Takeaways:

    • Korean BBQ restaurants may offer an all-you-can-eat option or a la carte options, and it is important to understand the menu to choose the right meat for your taste buds.
  • Korean BBQ is not complete without banchan, the small side dishes that typically include kimchi, pickled vegetables, and other flavorful bites

 

Introduction:

Korean cuisine is renowned for its unique and savory flavors, with Korean BBQ being a popular method of grilling meat right at the dining table. Korean BBQ restaurants typically have gas, charcoal, or portable stove grills built into the tables, where marinated meats like bulgogi and kalbi are grilled and eaten along with various small Korean side dishes called banchan.

If you’re new to Korean BBQ, fret not! This ultimate guide to Korean BBQ will help you navigate your way through this delicious cuisine.

 

Choosing the right restaurant:

To fully enjoy Korean BBQ, it’s important to choose the right restaurant. Some restaurants may offer an all-you-can-eat option with a fixed price for a variety of meats and banchan, while others may have a la carte options. Make sure to read reviews and ask locals for recommendations before selecting a restaurant.

 

Understanding the menu:

Most Korean BBQ restaurants offer a wide range of meat options, including beef, pork, chicken, and seafood. It’s important to understand the different cuts of meat and their flavor profiles to. Some popular meat options include bulgogi (thinly sliced marinated beef), galbi (marinated beef short ribs), and samgyupsal (pork belly).

 

Grill like a pro:

When grilling your meat, make sure to keep an eye on it and flip it over as needed. You can use a pair of tongs or scissors to cut the meat into bite-sized pieces as it cooks. Don’t forget to also grill the vegetables like mushrooms and onions, which add a delicious smoky flavor to the meal.

 

Enjoy the banchan:

Korean BBQ is not complete without the small side dishes called banchan, which typically include kimchi, pickled vegetables, and other flavorful bites. These dishes are meant to be shared and enjoyed alongside the meat, so don’t be shy to try them all.

 

Pair with Korean beverages:

Korean BBQ pairs well with a variety of Korean beverages like soju (a clear distilled liquor), makgeolli (a sweet and tangy rice wine), and Korean beer. These beverages help cut through the rich flavors of the meat and refresh your palate between bites.

 

The best Meat to order at Korean Restaurant

Korean barbecue is famous for its delicious and diverse meat options. The best meat to order at a Korean BBQ restaurant may vary depending on one’s personal preferences, but here are some popular options to consider:

Galbi or Kalbi: Beef short ribs marinated in a soy sauce-based marinade and grilled over wood charcoal. This is one of the most well-known and beloved cuts of meat in Korean barbecue. 

Bulgogi: Thinly sliced beef marinated in a sweet and savory sauce made with soy sauce, sugar, garlic, and sesame oil. It is often grilled over a gas or charcoal grill and served with rice and lettuce leaves for wrapping. 

 

Photo: Bulgogi

Samgyeopsal: Thick slices of pork belly that are grilled and eaten with lettuce leaves, perilla leaves, or sesame leaves, along with ssamjang (a spicy dipping sauce) and various banchan (side dishes). 

Chadolbaegi: Thinly sliced beef brisket that is often served unmarinated and cooked on a grill or in a hot pot. It has a rich, meaty flavor and a tender texture. 

Photo: Chadolbaegi

Of course, there are many other meat options available at Korean BBQ restaurants, such as chicken, duck, and seafood. The key is to choose a cut of meat that you enjoy and that pairs well with the various side dishes and dipping sauces.

Difference between Bulgogi and Korean BBQ

Korean BBQ is a popular style of cooking meat in which diners grill their own meat at their table. Bulgogi is a specific type of meat that is commonly served at Korean BBQ restaurants. Bulgogi is made from thin-sliced beef, typically ribeye, sirloin, tenderloin, or brisket, marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, ginger, Asian pear, pepper, sugar, and garlic. While bulgogi is a type of meat commonly served at Korean BBQ, it is not the only type of meat that can be grilled.

Galbi is another type of meat that is commonly served at Korean BBQ, which is beef short ribs. Galbi is traditionally cooked over wood charcoal and uses a ganjang-based marinade.

It’s important to note that Korean BBQ refers to the style of cooking, while bulgogi and galbi are specific types of meat that can be grilled at Korean BBQ restaurants. In general, Korean BBQ meals also include a variety of small side dishes called banchan, which often include pickled vegetables, rice, and other accompaniments.

Conclusion:

Korean cuisine is well-known for its savory flavors and unique cooking style, with Korean BBQ being a popular way to grill meat right at the dining table. Korean BBQ restaurants typically have grills built into the tables where marinated meats like bulgogi and kalbi are cooked and served with various banchan side dishes. To fully enjoy Korean BBQ, it’s important to choose the right restaurant and understand the menu. Most Korean BBQ restaurants offer a wide range of meat options, including beef, pork, chicken, and seafood, with bulgogi, galbi, and samgyupsal being some of the most popular meat options. Korean BBQ is not complete without banchan side dishes, which are meant to be shared and enjoyed alongside the meat. Korean BBQ pairs well with Korean beverages like soju, makgeolli, and Korean beer. When grilling the meat, it’s important to keep an eye on it and flip it over as needed, and don’t forget to also grill the vegetables like mushrooms and onions. The key to a successful Korean BBQ experience is to choose a cut of meat that you enjoy and that pairs well with the various side dishes and dipping sauces

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