South Korea is a fascinating and complex nation. With recorded history dating back two thousand years, this independent Korean state is extremely rich in culture, especially when it comes to food.
Growing up in a Korean family with a mother who is loves cooking, I have been lucky enough to enjoy authentic, home-made Korean food every day. While everything she makes is considered one of my favorites, the dish I could eat three times a day every day is her Korean barbecue.
Traditionally, we grill various types of meat on gas or charcoal grills. Restaurants that specialize in Korean barbecue have grill stations at every table so that the guests can see the meat being cooked right before their eyes.
Today, we are going to share my mom’s secret recipe for a perfect Korean barbecue marinade! Slightly sweet and salty and full of flavor, it’s a must-try!
4 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp light corn syrup
1/2 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 tbsp white wine
3 tbsp coca cola
Salt and pepper
1 scallion, chopped
1 yellow onion, sliced
Mix all ingredients well and marinade meat for at least an hour and up to a day. In a medium or large frying pan, heat oil and cook the meat. Serve immediately with rice.
While this marinade is most often used for bulgogi (thinly sliced beef beef) or galbi (short ribs), it also works great with steak, chicken, and pork. If you want to kick it up a notch and make a spicy barbecue marinade, try the following recipe!
Everything is the same, except use 3 tbsp soy sauce and add 2 tbsp of gochujang (Korean red pepper paste). This is often used for thinly sliced pork, but can work with other cuts of meat!
맛있게 드세요 (masitkke deuseyo) – enjoy!