How To Eat Korean BBQ The Authentic Way
Almost every Singaporean loves indulging in Korean BBQ once in a while because they are tasty and fuss free. Nowadays, we can now find a renowned Korean BBQ establishment very easily, especially in districts like Tanjong Pagar where these Korean BBQ stores are dominating every corner. If you are a huge fan of Korean grilled meat, you might want to read on to find out if you are eating them the right way!
1. Side Dishes
Most Korean restaurants in Singapore offer free side dishes, and if these Korean BBQ restaurants serve great meat, they would also have great side dishes. Most side dishes would come with a serving of Korean Kimchi, picked radish, potato salad, bean sprouts and braised beans. Since they are both light and not too salty, you can munch on them while cooking the meat to curb any pre hunger pangs!
2. Ordering the Meat
Most Korean BBQ restaurants offer chicken, pork and beef on the menu – and if you are there for a buffet, you’ll certainly be in for a treat! The selection of meat includes both marinated and non-marinated cuts. Most marinated cuts that are offered on the menu can include bulgogi beef (a soy-sauce based marinade), and soe-galbi (marinated beef short ribs). Non-marinated meat, on the other hand, can include sirloin, tenderloin, rib eye steak or other cuts. Else, you can also opt for marbled cuts of beef, also known as kkotdeungsim, which means “flower” in Korean. It refers to the beautiful way that the fat marbles into the beef, just like a fully bloomed flower. Most beef would be spread on the grill and cut into smaller pieces before they are served.
3. Cooking the Meat
If the server insists of grilling the meat for you, let them do it since they would know the best ways to prepare them. If they don’t, do keep your eyes on the grill and flip them regularly with the tongs available so that they do not burn!
4. Eating it
Most Korean BBQ meat can be eaten on their own, but the best way to consume them is to wrap them in ice berg lettuces, a dollop of kimchi and a piece of onion or garlic to form a delightful morsel. Do remember to make it small enough so that you can pop it into your mouths in one shot!
5. Rice and Stews
Most Koreans would traditionally order a bowl of rice or stew to complement the meal. However, if you feel that it is going to just add on to the unneeded calories, then you can forgo it altogether and focus on chomping down all the meat!
6. Ordering alcohol
How can we forget about soju? Soju is a clear, slightly sweet, Korean alcoholic beverage made with potato or tapioca starch, although traditionally it was made with rice – best to go with all dem Korean BBQ meat!