Step away from the sausages! This summer’s hottest barbecues feature the fiery delights of Korea, including marinated beef, spicy chicken and piping-hot pork belly. Read on to discover five essential recipes for cooking authentic Korean barbecue at home.
One of the most popular dishes for Korean barbecue, beef bulgogi is strips of beef, marinated in a lip-smacking sauce of soy, sesame, garlic and sugar. For a speedy version that requires just four simple ingredients, marinate sliced rump steak and spring onions in Obap Korean BBQ Marinade (available from supermarkets), then cook on a lightly barbecue. This delicious dinner is ready in under 30 minutes.
If you have more time on your hands, then go for galbi. This authentic recipe using beef short ribs, with the bone in. As this is a tougher cut of meat, it’s best to soak the beef, then marinade it in a mixture of soy, sake, ginger, garlic and pear, which helps tenderize the beef. Read the full recipe for BBQ Galbi.
Pork is also a popular choice for Korean barbecue. This super-spicy daeji bulgogi (Korean chilli pork) uses pork belly or pork neck slices, coated in a a mixture of gochujang (chilli paste), garlic, sake, sesame oil and more. Marinate for at least three hours, but for best results marinate the pork in the fridge overnight.
Chicken is also a winner for Korean barbecue. A favourite street food snack, dakkochi gui uses juicy chicken thigh fillets, oyster mushrooms, spring onion and capsicum if desired, threaded onto skewers and then marinated with a mixture of sugar Obap Korean Spicy BBQ Marinade (from supermarkets).
No Korean barbecue is complete without a spicy sauce on the side, and one of our favourites is ssamjang – make a double batch as it keeps for a week in the fridge.
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