Going out for Korean BBQ is a fun experience, and restaurant tables typically have small barbecues built into them for diners to watch and take part in their food preparation. Almost any meat can be used, but beef, pork and chicken are popular. The meat can be grilled plain or come marinated, and it's served with a few small side dishes, dipping sauce, and large lettuce or cabbage leaves to stuff the meat into. The side dishes and sauces tend to be simple, such as carrot and radish salad, and soy sauce with sesame oil, as the meat is the main attraction. Here are three Korean barbecue dishes that aren't to be missed:
Beef bulgogi is a traditional dish that's made with tender cuts of beef, such as sirloin and eye fillet. The beef is thinly sliced and marinated in a sauce consisting of sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, black pepper and Asian pear. This gives the meat the delicious slightly sweet and salty flavour that makes the dish unique. The beef is then grilled on a charcoal barbecue and served with a garnish of green onions and sesame seeds.
Spicy Chicken Wings
Chicken wings are so flavourful and versatile, and this dish involves marinating the wings in milk to tenderise the meat. Next, the wings are marinated in a chili sauce that's made with oyster sauce, rice wine, honey and Korean chili paste. The chilli paste is made with sundried red chilies and fermented soybean paste, so it has a kick to it, but it also has a strong savoury flavour. After grilling, spicy chicken wings can be enjoyed with a refreshing cucumber salad.
Minced Beef Ribs
This dish utilises the traditional practice of tenderising and marinating meat while it's still on the bone. The meat is finely minced before being coated in marinade and grilled. The marinade helps the minced meat stick to the bone and consists of mirin, soy sauce, garlic, honey, sesame oil and rice syrup. The cooked dish is sticky, chewy and slightly smoky. Enjoy minced beef ribs with kimchi or a green onion salad.
There are so many authentic Korean barbecue dishes to explore, and adding a few different sides offers plenty of variety for your taste buds. If you're not sure what type of meat to order or how to pair sides and sauces with your chosen meat, your server will be happy to make recommendations and answer any questions you have.
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