A galbi grill.

A galbi grill.

One of the most interesting and delicious foods that I’ve come across since relocating to Seoul would have to be Galbi. From Wikipedia:

Galbi or kalbi generally refers to a variety of gui or grilled dishes in Korean cuisine that is made with marinated beef (or pork) short ribs in a ganjang-based sauce (Korean soy sauce). In the Korean language, galbi literally means “rib” and can often indicate uncooked ribs. In addition, the dish’s full name is galbi gui, although “gui” (grilling) is commonly omitted to refer to it.
Since galbi is generally made with beef ribs, it may be called “sogalbi” (소갈비) or “soegalbi” (쇠갈비) in Korean, whose prefix, “so” or “soe” (beef) is often omitted as well. However, just like the literal meaning, galbi dish also can be made with pork ribs or chicken. In such cases, the dish is called “dwaeji galbi” (돼지갈비) or “dak galbi” (닭갈비) to emphasize the main ingredient.

Beef galbi in a sesame leaf.

Beef galbi in a sesame leaf.

The meat is brought to your table, which has a grill built right into the middle of the table, and is cooked right in front of you. When it’s ready, you add the vegetables you prefer, wrap it up, and drool. Places to eat Galbi are pretty much located on every street in Seoul. One of the best that I’ve had by far was beef wrapped in sesame leaves and accompanied by a redbean sauce which gave it a very fresh, earthy taste. If you’re planning to visit Seoul, Galbi is a must.

2 Responses to “Galbi”
  1. Salut!!!My name is bogdan from Romania!!!
    We can be friends ???

  2. Lana says:

    Just stopping by to say hello, that I like your blog, and that I’m sincerely jealous of your Hello Kitty toaster. I’m moving to Anyang soon and I like reading about the start to your experience.

    Enjoy your toast.


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