Korean Barbecue at the comfort of your own home
Are you craving for a Korean feast, but you find it too expensive to dine out in an Eat All You Can Korean Restaurant.
Why not set up a Do It Yourself Korean dinner at home? In this article you will learn to create your own Korean barbecue feast.
Family and friends can gather around in an open grill and cook together. Meals can last for two to three hours with happy conversations in between.
Let us first discover the Korean Cuisine
Korean food is known for its perfect balance of texture, flavor and health. They are well known in serving their meals in “Asian family style” where in everyone are sharing. Silver or steel chopsticks are the typical utensils for Koreans which I find it difficult to use, in some restaurants they even provide bamboo chopsticks along with a spoon.
Rice and kimchi are staple in any Korean meals, it is also quite interesting that there are over 200 different varieties of kimchi from spicy to sweet. It is well known for its health benefits as it is loaded with Vitamins A, B and C as well as good bacteria which aids in digestion and weight loss. To know more about Korean Cuisine you may visit this article.
Our love for Korean BBQ
Perhaps our love for Korean food are influenced by overindulging ourselves in watching Korean dramas and K-pop stars. We as fans would also want to try what food they are eating. Gogigui or Korean Barbecue refers to the process of grilling meats such as pork, beef or chicken on table top grills using built in charcoal or portable stoves.
For us Filipinos the most popular Korean BBQ is the Samgyeopsal along with Bulgogi and Galbi. They are marinated meat seasoned with just salt and pepper that are usually grilled at your table.
Korean BBQ is a festive celebration of fire, extensive amount of meat and a lot of chili’s. While most of us don’t have those cool indoor grills they use at restaurants or ample ventilation to grill up sweet, tender kalbi and bulgogi in our homes. Good thing you can still use your outdoor grill and have a Korean BBQ feast. To make a great Korean BBQ spread you’ll need a whole lot of meat, some spices, and grill.
Make a shopping list
- Enoki Mushrooms – 1 pack
- Asparagus – 1 bundle or around 10 -12 stalks
- Bacon– 500 grams
- Thinly sliced pork belly ( liempo) 1 kg – other groceries offers pork in Korean BBQ Cut
- Beef Sukiyaki -500 grams
- Salt and Pepper
- Chicken Fillet – 500 grams
- Pork Bacon Slices – 500 grams – this is different from readily available bacon as it has no seasoning. This is also available at the meat section of your local supermarket.
Whip up your own marinade
Meats are usually seasoned with salt and pepper. If you are more adventurous, you can always add up Gochujang also known as hot red pepper paste.
- Chicken – mix all the ingredients and marinate overnight. 1 tbsp sesame oil , 1 tbsp soy sauce (Kikoman) , 1/2 tsp of chili garlic paste and black pepper
- Pork Belly – simply season it with salt and pepper
- Bacon Wraps – Wrap the Enoki mushrooms with bacon, close it securely using toothpick. For the Asparagus blanch it first and transfer it to ice cold water to retain its crunchiness. Then divide the stalks into 3 and wrap it with bacon and lock it also using tooth pick.
- Beef Sukiyaki – you may opt to season with Kikoman, Salt and Pepper or spice up with red hot pepper paste.
Korean barbecue are best serve with rice, green leafy lettuce to wrap your grilled meat or mix green salad to cleanse your palette. And lets not forget our favorite appetizer “Kimchi” which are readily available at your Korean Stores or local supermarket for your perfect Korean BBQ experience.
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time : 45 mins
Serves: 4 to 5 persons
Karen’s Kitchen Tips:
Charcoal grills produce harmful carbon monoxide . Don’t use charcoal when grilling unless you have sufficient ventilation. While plethora of pertains to marinated meats.
I hope this inspire you to create your own Korean BBQ feast . Looking forward hearing your thoughts on this post. If you enjoyed your Korean BBQ dinner at home feel free to share it
If you are not into preparing meals and grilling your own food, there are lots of Korean Restaurants here in Lipa City. Check out our review for All4U the newest must try restaurant in town .