In Korea, we love to grill marinated meat (beef, pork, or chicken). There are two main flavors for marinated meat. One is spicy, which uses mainly red pepper paste. The other one is sweet & salty which is similar to a BBQ flavor. That type uses mainly soy sauce, pear, honey, sugar, apple, kiwi, and etc. Many restaurants have indoor grills at each table so that customers can grill their own meat themselves and enjoy the fresh cooked flavor. Today, I will show you a very popular marinated meat dish called GalBi. It takes time to marinate the meat, but otherwise, it is very simple and easy to make. You can freeze some of the marinated meat to grill at a later time. Enjoy!
Yield: 3 Servings
Short Korean Lesson
- So (소) = Cow
- Mahl (말) = Horse
- 2½ lb. Beef Ribs (10 Pieces)
- 1 Asian Pear (10 oz)
- ½ Cup Onion
- ½ Cup Soup Soy Sauce
- 2 Tbsp Cooking Wine
- 1½ Tbsp Minced Garlic
- 1 tsp Minced Ginger
- 1½ Tbsp Sugar
- 1½ Tbsp Honey
- 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
- ¼ tsp Black Pepper
- 3 Tbsp Finely Chopped Green Onions
Soak 2½ lb of beef ribs in water for about 2 or 3 hours to get rid of the blood.
Change the water every hour when some of the blood leaches out. 2 or 3 hours later, rinse the ribs and drain the water.
Cut 1 Asian pear and ½ of an onion.
Grind the pear and onion together in a blender.
Pour the pear and onion mixture on to the beef ribs.
Mix the sauce with the ribs and set them aside for an hour. This will help get rid of the strong meat flavor and make the meat sweet and tender.
In a bowl, combine ½ cup of soy sauce, 2 Tbsp of cooking wine, 1½ Tbsp of minced garlic, 1 tsp of minced ginger, 1½ Tbsp of sugar, 1½ Tbsp Honey, 1 Tbsp of sesame oil, ¼ tsp of black pepper, and 3 Tbsp of finely chopped green onions. Mix everything until the sugar and honey dissolves.
1 hour later, pour the sauce mixture on the beef ribs and mix again.
Cover the ribs with plastic wrap and marinate them for a day in the refrigerator. Flip over all the ribs once or twice while it is marinating.
The next day, grill some of the marinated beef ribs with a little of the extra sauce on a heated pan or grill.
Cook them until the ribs are well done.
We enjoyed eating this GalBi. My husband had tried Beef GalBi once in very popular restaurant in GwangJu, Korea. He told me my GalBi tastes similar to the one from that restaurant. ASSA! I hope you can enjoy this GalBi as much as we did. Thanks!