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How to: tips & tricks for a Korean bbq

18 April 2016


Korean bbq is taking over the world! Alright no, we don’t need to exaggerate but still, it’s becoming a huge hype. If you want to be trendy, you will, sooner or later, have to venture to a Korean barbecue. Sounds obvious? Well, it isn’t! A Korean barbecue isn’t at all comparable to a traditional barbecue. That’s why we want to give you some tips and tricks!

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1. Make your choice! 

First of all, you have to make a choice. Which starter and main course do you want? Mostly, it’s done by ticking your choices on a little paper. In most cases, the starters are sushi, a Korean omelette, dumplings, … For the main course, you have to choose your favorite fish and meats. From duck to squid to beef, there’s something for everyone! My faves are: bulgogi, kimchi and soju!

2. Side dishes

After you ordered, the waiter will bring different plates to your table. You can’t choose these side dishes and they’re different in every restaurant. You have to share these plates with your companions. But don’t hold back! The plates are refilled for free!

3. Bake bake bake!

After the starters, the waiter will bring the plates with fish or meat to your table. Now, it’s up to you! Grill the meat on the griddle and wait patiently! Is it ready? You can start but don’t forget to ask the waiter tot change the greaseproof paper. It prevents the different flavors of the fish and meat mixing with one another.

4. Go

Take a leaf of lettuce and put it in the palm of your hand. Dip a delicious piece of meat in one of the many sauces and put it on the lettuce. Choose which side dish you want to add to your ‘lettuce wrap’. Garlic, shallot, …? It’s up to you! Wrap the leaf into a little ball and pop it in your mouth, yum! Surprise yourself with different combinations and enjoy! :-)

5. Dessert? 

Although, you will be pretty engorged, leave a little room for dessert. Black sesame ice cream is a delicious and typical dessert. Mouth-wa-the-ring! :-)

So, you’re totally ready for your first Korean barbecue! Enjoy!

>> TIP <<

>> Be prepared your clothes will smell a little bit. Maybe it’s important for some of you to know that!
>> It’s normal to eat all from the same platter. So make sure your chopsticks are clean before you dig in again!

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Anne de Buck

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