Saturday, May 16, 2009

Kalbi From Scratch, Party, Graduation

Ok, I am graduating this Monday!
I will finally be a real person. I am very excited.

To kick off my new free life, I am having two huge parties.

Party one is BBQ for friends.

For this event I am making my BBQ Pork ribs, and also Korean Kalbi. I looooovee Kalbi the traditional way with Flanken, ribs cut across the bone.


(This image came from savorysweetlife.com's post on kalbi, click the image for the post)

Usually it is marinated for a day or two and then grilled on a table top grill or over charcoal. I want to make something similar on the outdoor grill. I have been researching Kalbi for months (by researching, I do mean eating, but also recipe hunting) and I just cant decide what is best.
Some people call for coke or 7up in their marinade, some say to marinade for 1 day, some say 2. Some people put ginger. Some even use kiwi.

It seems that the most traditional ingredients are:
-grated korean pear
-soy sauce
-sesame seeds
-ground sesame seeds
-garlic
-ginger
-sesame oil
-green onions

And of course the right cut is Flanken. I wonder if I should try something different. I have had Korean flavored BBQ beef ribs before but I don't know if I can get the recipe. They weren't the same as the flanken but they were oh so amazing.

I want to marinate the ribs, but I would also like to make a thick sauce to go on them. Can I just reduce the marinade?
Any recommendations?


Here are links to some of the Recipes I am considering

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/349147
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4793091
http://citymama.typepad.com/cityfood/2007/05/kalbi_korean_ba.html
http://savorysweetlife.com/?p=263
http://chezannies.blogspot.com/2008/07/killer-kalbi-recipe.html


Help Please!

Ciao,
Robin

1 comment:

Nate-n-Annie said...

Congratulations on graduating!

May I just put in a plug for our recipe? :D

As far as making a thick sauce, I would reserve a couple of cups of marinade (or make a couple of cups extra) to reduce. I wouldn't try to reduce the marinade that has been used for the beef.