Introducing Korean BBQ at Home

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Do you love meat? Are you missing late night smoky grilled meats? Do you love hands-on dining where you get to do it yourself? Korean BBQ is perfect for you.

What is Korean BBQ?

Korean BBQ is the popular method of grilling meat right at the dining table. Korean BBQ restaurants have the BBQ grills built into the tables. Marinated meats like bulgogi and kalbi are grilled and eaten along with various small Korean side dishes called banchan.

Why you should give Korean BBQ at home a try?

If you’re into late night grilling and chatting the night away, meat and alcohol, Korean BBQ might just be your thing. Korean BBQ is all about balance and contrast between flavours and textures. It’s completely customisable so that everyone at the table can eat exactly what they want. Plus, with everyone going into Phase 2 (heightened alert), this makes it a good time to whip your very own Korean BBQ right at the comfort of your home!

What do you need?

At the very minimum you’ll need:

  1. A grill/hot plate
  2. Marinated meats
  3. Vegetables & sauces
  4. Banchan or side dishes (optional)
  5. Drinks – this is a key part of KBBQ

How do you make Korean BBQ?

It’s really simple! A few hours, or the day before you want to eat, marinate the meats, prep the vegetables, buy the banchan, and make the sauces. Don’t forget to buy the liquor you need and refrigerate because no one should drink warm soju if possible. Once you’re done with that, bulk of your work is almost done.

Now, when you are ready to eat, make the rice and noodles and set the table up with banchan, dipping sauces, rice, and noodles.  Then, heat up your grill or hot plate. You want to make sure that you’re opening the windows of your dining area so that you get some ventilation. Brush some oil on the grill, sizzle slices of your meat and flip as needed until it is cooked. As the pieces are cooked, take them off the grill, wrap it up, top it, sauce it, and eat it. It is just as simple!

How to eat BBQ?

There are 2 ways to enjoy your Korean BBQ. Traditionally, it is eaten in ssam form. Ssam means a one-bite-sized wrap of fresh cold lettuce with a small piece of grilled meat and topped with ssamjang sauce. Alternatively, if you’re a big fan of lettuce wraps, you can simply do away without it and enjoy the juicy BBQ meats as they are!

Drooling already? Well, then keep an eye on our blog as we introduce to you more about how you can have a scrumptious Korean BBQ right at the comfort of your home!