I was visiting my sister in NJ two weekends ago and we were hankering for some korean bbq so she took me to this one. The place held about 6-8 tables for bbq grilling and it was filled up by the time we got there so we waited a bit. The host was extremely nice letting us sit at one of the empty tables and before long, we were seated.
We ordered one regular kalbi and another kalbi in the special sauce along with soondobu and japchae. Everything came out promptly and side dishes were aplenty. The meat is grilled over hot coals, which adds so much flavor to the meat.
If you haven’t been to this place yet, it’s a definite must. The prices are in the usual $18-$20 for each meat order and of course, you come out smelling like bbq, but I never really have a problem with that. =D
Also for a fraction of the price and if you don’t have a great Korean bbq near you, you may want to try this recipe at home that I found online. It was super easy and you’ll be grilling away in no time. =) I have a portable gas grill from years back and added a round grill top that I bought from local Hmart last year just for Korean BBQ.
Kalbi Marinade Recipe
1 1/2 cups soy sauce
3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup sesame oil
5 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 of a medium yellow onion, chopped
3 large green onions, cut into small pieces
2 tbl toasted sesame seeds
1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes
4-6 pounds of Korean short-ribs
Place ribs in a large ziplock bag or a dish that can hold them all (I used a large pot with lid). Combine all the ingredients together and stir for 1 minute. Pour the marinade into the pot, dish, or ziplock over the meat making sure ll the ribs have been coated. Cover and refrigerate over night. The next morning make sure to place the ribs that were on the bottom on top, and vice versa. Continue to refrigerate until its time to grill.
Heat grill to medium-high heat and when the grill is nice and hot add meat. Grill each side for 3-4 minutes. Garnish with additonal slices of green onion and toasted sesame seeds.