Irresistible smoky taste
Galbi is a grilled rib of beef or pork, or diced chicken. When it is well-grilled, the marinated beef rib, So-galbi becomes dark-reddish brown with a smoky and sweet taste.
You can grill almost every cut of beef over the fire. The rib is the best cut for Galbi because of its fat contents. For a better taste, you may sit right next to a grill-table. Serve your friends piece by piece.
Pork-galbi is very popular menu in many barbecue restaurants because it is cheaper but and more tender than beef.
Pork-galbi is sometimes served with a side of lettuce or other leafy vegetable, which is used to wrap a slice of cooked meat, often along with sliced garlic. This combination provides you a well-balanced diet. Many visitors say that a smoke-less indoor grill is very interesting.
Dak-galbi, spicy stir fried chicken is a Korean dish made by stir-frying marinated diced chicken in a mixed sauce and assorted vegetables on a round-shaped hot plate. Since this dish was developed in small taverns on the outskirts of Chuncheon, Gangwon-do, it is often called ‘Chuncheon Dak-galbi.’
The Dak-galbi Festival has been held annually in Chuncheon. The festival gets a new name, Chuncheon Dakgalbi & Makguksu Festival this year.
“Chi-maek”, a Korean cultural experience.
Fried chicken has become the favored companion of draft beer since the 1970s. Now the combination, called chimaek (chicken + maekjoo (beer)), takes up an important part in Korean drinking life along with samso (pork BBQ + soju). Fried chicken is also the most popular snack, loved by everyone in Korea.
Chimaek is now part of the consumer culture in Korea and there is even a festival in Daegu with chimaek as its theme. The Chimaek Festival attracts hundreds of thousands of people annually. This year, more than 70 chicken brands and dozens of beer companies are expected to participate in the festival.
Also, the 2018 Chimec Festival visitors can enjoy an outdoor cinema where they can have fried chicken and chilled beer on a lawn. There are many attractions such as Chimec Café and creative contents.
Famous Korean dish
Bibimbap, literally means ‘mixed rice’ is one of the most famous and popular Korean dishes. Bibimbap is served as a bowl of steamed rice topped with namul (assorted vegetables).
Toppings may vary depending on season. As Namul is already seasoned, you don’t need to add more salt. If you like spicy taste, you may mix a spoonful of Gochujang (chili pepper paste).
You can add egg or meat. Stirring together thoroughly just before eating makes you mouthwatering. Bibimbap is rich in nutrition but low in calories.
Bulgogi is made from thin sliced beef (or pork). Before cooking, the meat is marinated to enhance its flavor and tenderness with a mixture of soy sauce and other ingredients. It is often grilled on a barbecue, on a stove-top griddle or stir-fried in a pan.
Bulgogi is traditionally grilled, but alternative ways of cooking are popular today. Interestingly, it is the only cuisine that the meat is marinated in a source.
In the past, Bulgogi was a feast cuisine. Perhaps, it is the most popular Korean dish among foreigners.
According to the recent lifestyle survey, Koreas love to eat Bulgogi and Naengmyeon in winter and summer respectively. Naengmyeon is a perfect choice for hot summer day like today.
Recipes vary depending on region. In general, noodles are a thin strip of buckwheat dough.
Naengmyeon is served in a large bowl with a tangy iced broth, julienned cucumbers, slices of Korean pear, thin, wide strips of lightly pickled radish, and either a boiled egg or slices of cold boiled beef or both.
Cold broth is made of beef, chicken (or pheasant), cabbage Kimchi, radish Kimchi, or mix of two. Add vinegar, mustard or sugar as you prefer.