Sunday, January 3, 2021



Instead of going out for Korean BBQ (which is not do-able right now anyways, because COVID), consider making your own Korean BBQ at home! There's definitely convenience to going out because of all the banchan (the side dishes, my favorite part) ... but at home it's a fraction of the price.

All you need is steamed rice, romaine lettuce or red leaf lettuce, sliced green onions and some roasted sesame oil with sea salt mixed in. Your choice of meat - in the refrigerated section of Asian markets, you'll find a lot of sliced meats, mainly for shabu. Look for thicker sliced pieces meant for grilling, about 1/8" thick. The above photo is pork jowl (my favorite cut) but you can also use short rib, which is common at KBBQ. If you go to a Korean market, you'll also find marinated meats and bulgogi, which also work with the above.

As for banchan, you'll also find them readily available at Korean markets. I made the steamed egg custard above when I made the rice, but you can buy a ton of items pre-made. And of course kimchi (we were out and M didn't like the brands at the market we went to).

And you'll want ssamjang - this is totally optional but it ties everything together.

Eat in any combination you like but I like bites with a bit of everything on it - lettuce topped with rice, ssamjang, green onion, meat and maybe a bit of banchan. It's totally up to you!

Approx 1 cup

1 green onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, grated
1/3 cup dwengjang (Korean soybean paste - NOT miso)
3.5 Tbsp gochujang (Korean chili paste)
2.25 Tbsp mirin
2.5 tsp roasted sesame oil
2 Tbsp white sesame seeds

Mix everything together thoroughly. Use to taste, it's salty and full of flavor!

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