What is Korean Barbecue?



North Americans, who generally consider Chinese food to be a healthy mix of meats and vegetables, will find it odd to hear Koreans describe Chinese food as greasy! Koreans generally use less oil and more spices in their cooking. Korean barbecue is a favorite restaurant dinner meal. Participants sit on a floor cushion around a table barbecuing and eating marinated meats as well as an assortment of vegetables, salad fixings, and rice brought to the table. Kimchi, a spicy/garlicky-marinated cabbage, is served as a side dish with virtually every meal. Soju, beer, cola or water is the preferred beverage. David 

David Tinney, "my recommendation":
Favorite Korean Barbecue Restaurant:
Hahn's Hibachi Korean BBQ. Family style, serving Korean BBQ steaks, seafood, chicken and ribs. One of the Bay area's best. Address: 525 Haight St, San Francisco, Phone: (415) 864-3721.

Korean Barbeque Ribs

Easy preparation makes this dish a winner. Serves 4.

4 lbs short rib of beef
2/3 cup kikkoman teriyaki sauce
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce
2 cloves garlic, pressed

Score meaty side of ribs opposite bone, 1/2" apart, 1/2" deep, lengthwise and crosswise. Place ribs in large plastic bag. Combine teriyaki sauce, sesame seed, sugar, Tabasco and garlic; pour over ribs. Press air out of bag; tie top securely. Refrigerate 4hours, turning bag over occasionally. Remove ribs and broil or grill 4" from heat source or hot coals 15 to 18 minutes, or until outsides of ribs are brown and crisp. Turn ribs over occasionally during cooking.

Bulgogi (Korean Beef Grilled on Skewers)

This delicious recipe will be the hit of the season. Classic Korean Bulgogi with outstanding flavor.

1 1/2lbs boneless sirloin beef (or other good beef)
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
1-2 cloves crushed garlic
1/2 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
3-4 green onions, finely chopped
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons dry sherry
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, to taste

Toast the sesame seeds in a frying pan over medium heat until brown, let them cool. Cut the beef in thin slices, freezing the meat slightly makes it easier to slice it thin. Mix all marinade ingredients together, add also the sesame seeds, and to this add the beef. Leave to marinate at least 30 minutes, a few hours is preferred. Thread the meat on wooden skewers, grill or barbecue a few minutes on each side, using the remaining marinade for basting. (Soak the wooden skewers in water for half an hour to prevent them burning.)

Pork tenderloin works equally as well beef.


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Some Fine Korean Barbecue Restuarant Web Sites

  • Korean Resaurant Sorabol Contemporary restaurant serving fresh Korean cuisine, San Francisco, CA.
  • Seoul Garden BBQ Offering a wide variety of Korean cuisine, San Francisco, Ca.
  • Hahn's Hibachi Korean BBQ Restaurant Family Style, eight locations in the San Francisco Bay area.
  • Chung Ki Wa Serving more than 50 Korean dishes, located in Los Angeles, California.
  • House of Seoul Family owned Korean restaurant serving the Spokane area since 1990.