|닭갈비 Dalk Kalbi|
Almost all Korean food is delicious in my mind (with the odd freaky dish I'd rather not have) but Korea is probably most famous for its Barbecued meats and so I had to have a recipe that was meaty. One of my best Korean friends, Christine, who I met in Beijing sent me the recipe for 닭갈비Chicken Kalbi - basically marinated grilled pieces of chicken.
This is the recipe that I am going to post below but last night I invited a few friends over for dinner and rather than just serve up the 닭갈비 Chicken Kalbi I decided to make a Korean feast and serve up a bunch of dishes. We had 떡볶이 ddoekbokki, 김치찌개 kimchi jigae, 불고기 bulgogi as well as the chicken. Each dish is linked to a great site where you can find further recipes to make them yourself as I dont want this post to be lots and lots of dishes.
Today as I am writing this I am eating leftovers and I am so glad that I made so much food.
Diced boneless, skinless chicken thigh or breast. I used 4 breasts roughly chopped into bite size chunks.
Half of a savoy cabbage washed and roughly chopped, again into bite sized chunks.
1 onion roughly sliced
1 carrot sliced into pieces about £1 coin thickness so that they cook quickly when stir-fried.
1tbsp sesame seeds (used for garnish)
Into bowl large enough to fit the chicken pieces first put
|불고기 bulgogi & 떡볶이 ddoekbokki|
2 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp chilli powder
1 tbsp ginger powder
1 tbsp sugar or honey
1 tbsp sesame oil
4 or 5 cloves minced garlic
this sauce/marinade mixture can be used with other meats, seafood and vegetables.
Combine all of these ingredients and give them a good stir and thanks to the red pepper paste it will look like a bloody red sticky gloopy sauce. Add in your chopped chicken pieces and mix around. Leave to one side to marinade for at least 30 minutes.
Traditionally Kalbi is cooked on a barbecue grill over hot coals but I dont have a barbecue and so for quickness I simply stir-fried the Kalbi in a wok but you could equally use a frying pan.
When eating Kalbi in Korea normally people will take the cooked meat and place it in the middle of a salad leaf, wrap the leaf round the meat and then stuff it into their mouths and they enjoy. It can also be eaten with a bowl of steamed rice. Its up to you how to make it. Really fast, really tasty and it has a bit of a spicy kick to it! Get your Korean feast on and let me know how it all goes.