Grill-ty as Charged: A Meat-Lover’s Rom-com with Korean BBQ!
Published October 8, 2023
Picture this, the enticing smell of grilled meat slowly wafting through the air, the welcoming hissing sound of the grill, and the taste bud imagination already lighting up like fireworks in a summer festival ready to satiate your hunger for meat, meat and… did I mention meat? Welcome, my friend, to the wonderful world of Korean barbecue!
At the heart of this tasty adventure, we have grill-at-the-table, a concept unfamiliar but so inviting to many. Who needs a kitchen when you’ve got a shiny, sizzling metal deity of deliciousness right in the middle of your table, right? No more yelling for waiters or wrestling with menus – it’s all YOU, dear meat-meister!
Now, when I say it’s an ‘all-you-can-eat’ affair, I’m not pulling your leg nor am I implying those puny, “I-barely-bit-into-my-burger-before-it-was-over” kind of deals. I’m talking Gargantuan, Herculean proportions, more meat than you can wave your chopsticks at. Guess you might need a ‘meat-ing’ with your diet plan later!
Speaking of meat, let’s discuss the main stars of the show: the multitude of meat choices. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, prepare to be overwhelmed by the sheer diversity of delicacies. Tender chicken, succulent pork, and the pièce de résistance – BEEF!
Yes, beef! This particular restaurant, dear reader, specializes in beef like a maestro specializes in Mozart. And amongst all, two dishes clear the fog for me – Bulgogi and Kalbi ribs, or as I call them, ‘the Korean meaty dynamites.’
Bulgogi, with its exquisite marinated joy, warms your soul to the core while the kalbi ribs, grilled to perfection, render your heart completely bewitched. Raise your hand if you’re a non-marinated person. No hands? Good, because I’d always – and I mean, 100% of the time – swing marinated; it’s like amplifying heaven’s taste!
You must be wondering about the other options on the menu, the Wagyu beef brisket and chuck perhaps? Well, let’s just say the flavors and I couldn’t find each other on the same page. Apparently, they were maybe out for a walk. Or asleep.
The same could be said for the strip and ribeye. They are on the menu, sure, but they might as well take a leave as the flavor seems to be on an infinite vacation. And let’s not even start on the pork belly – nice to meet you, but no, thank you!
So, there you have it, my dear Carnivore Chronicles of Korean Barbecue. Kalbi ribs and Bulgogi are my jam, and I’d take them over anything else any day. Because when it comes to a drool-inducing, meat-sweats-worthy Korean BBQ experience, it’s go Bulgogi or go home!