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In the recent decade, Korea has been one of the most influential countries in terms of different cultures. There has been a huge rise in the popularity of Korean culture in terms of music and celebrities. This is mainly caused by the advertising and popularity of K-pop idol groups, television series, and showbiz entertainment. In line with this, many fans have started to adopt the culture of Korea into their own lives and food was another great factor.

Due to the rising Korean culture popularity, many people from all over the world have been curious about what kind of food their idols have been eating since they mostly saw these in television shows, movies, and interviews. Being curious about Korean food has led these people to try making these recipes on their own or even trying out Korean-themed restaurants for a new experience. Needless to say, the reception of Korean food has been mostly positive for people in the nearby Asian countries as well as other countries in the western hemisphere of the world. Today, Korean cuisine plays a huge part in the culinary world and new Korean-themed restaurants have been popping out left and right in the busiest food avenues in any city.

One of the most popular attractions in Korean-themed restaurants is an indoor grill for Korean barbecue parties. In these places, the grill is placed in the center of a large table, and meat is directly served raw to the customers so that they will be able to grill and cook their food to their liking. This new concept of dining has attracted a lot of new customers for these restaurants and has been a popular choice for dinner parties ever since. For some people, going to these restaurants may be too costly on a regular basis so they opt to host the barbecue party in their own homes. This setup may be easily recreated using a portable gas stove and a portable grill or a large hot plate or pan. Once the setup is complete all that is left is the food. Let’s talk about the top 3 beef dishes to make when hosting a Korean-themed barbecue party in your own homes.

1. Beef Bulgogi

When talking about Korean beef recipes, the most popular one has to be beef bulgogi. The name “bulgogi” comes from the Korean word “bul-gogi” which literally means “fire meat” This type of dish is made different from beef cuts such as the rib eye, sirloin, or the brisket, where there is enough balance of fat content and lean meat so that the cuts produce a good flavor with the right tenderness. The beef is first marinated for a few hours then it is cooked on top of the grill or a hot and fat pan. The grilled meat is then eaten a few seconds right after grilling. This dish is also served along with leafy vegetables, most commonly lettuce, and it is used to wrap the meat as it is eaten. It is also eaten with a side of rice and other vegetables for better taste.

Korean beef bulgogi.

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To prepare this dish, the beef must be marinated first. It can be marinated for an hour or a few, or even overnight for optimal flavor. The marinade is mostly soy sauce-based, along with a few spices such as sugar, ground black pepper, onions or scallions, ginger, garlic, and mushrooms. A few flavor enhancers for flavor may be added such as sesame oil or corn syrup. Once the beef is done resting in the marinade, start the stove and let the grill heat up to high heat. The beef is then seared all over its sides so that the juices will stay inside the meat. The time for cooking varies per person, depending on their preference for the doneness of the beef. Once the beef is done cooking, all you will get is a mouthful of the flavor of beef along with the freshness of the leafy vegetables served alongside it, which makes a new and refreshing dining experience.

All in all, beef bulgogi is one of the most popular barbecue dishes since it is easy to prepare and fun to cook at a barbecue. It also provides a large serving of meat since there are side dishes such as vegetables and rice that go along with it. You can check some good quality beef cuts at Carnivore Style.

2. Galbi-jjim (Beef Shortribs)

Galbi-jjim is the Korean word for braised beef short ribs. This beef dish is also a staple in Korean cuisine. The beef cuts used in this recipe are the ribs and produce a strong flavor yet tender to the tongue. The addition of the ribs to the dish adds some intensity to the dish since beef bones help add flavor to the sauce.

Galbi-jjim: Korean braised short-ribs.

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The beef is prepared by removing excess tendons and fat and then it is placed in a large pot and is cooked slowly along with its sauce. The base of the sauce is soy sauce and it contains ginger, garlic, and black pepper that helps with the spiciness of the dish and some sweetening agents such as sugar and scallions. The long cooking time makes the beef tender and so flavorful since it soaks up all the flavors of the sauce. This dish may also be served during Korean barbecue parties since it will lessen the dryness of the palate of the guests and it also pairs well with beer, which is of course a standard to any barbecue parties.

3. Soegogi-jeon (Beef Pancakes)

The word soegogi-jeon translates to “beef pancakes.” This dish is named as such since the beef is sliced thinly and resembles pancakes after cooking due to its golden brown covering. This dish is also popular for Korean barbecue since it goes well with rice and vegetables, which are standard side dishes at any Korean barbecue. The dish looks golden brown. The covering is an egg and flour batter and it is crispy and fluffy at the same time. The dish is also great for serving at parties since it is easy to prepare and cook. A pound of beef roughly makes 30 servings.

Korean beef pancakes.

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To make this dish, the beef is thinly sliced and seasoned with salt, pepper, and minced garlic. The beef slices are then covered with a thin layer of flour and egg batter and then fried for a few minutes until golden brown. The beef pancakes are then served on a plate and can go well with any side dish available at your Korean barbecue party.