Stuffing our Faces with Galbi

by Audrey on October 20, 2012

Yet another food video! As you’ve probably notice by now, Sam and I spend most of our time eating –  weekend runs to McDonald’s, sugar fixes at dollhouse cafes, lunch at little hole-in the-wall restaurants…We let our stomachs do the talking, and when they speak, we feast!

On this particular day we went to a Korean barbecue restaurant. Now, we’ve been to many of these before, but we usually order samgyeopsal (삼겹살), which is a popular (yet extremely fatty) pork belly cut. It’s not my personal favourite since it’s kind of like eating chunks of grease (yum…) so we decided to order something new instead – galbi!

Galbi (갈비) in Korean, refers to ribs, and our dish came in long strips of beef that we could grill at our table. Playing chef is something that we have both gotten used to living in Korea. There’s hardly ever any food in the fridge since neither of us cook (I’m still not convinced I even know how to cook), but when we hit up a Korean barbecue, we know the chef hat comes out.

Eating Korean barbecue (galbi - marinated short ribs) on the grill - Samuel and Audrey

Yes, that’s the face of someone who clearly knows how to cook with an open fire. 😉 Cooking the beef is a fairly simple process. All you need is a pair of tongs and scissors. 😉 Wait, what? It may seem a bit strange at first, but in Korea you cut meat using a pair of scissors. It was the oddest thing about eating out when I first came here, but now I much prefer it to using a knife.

Next we grilled the garlic and onions, and well, by now you probably know how the rest is done. Grab a lettuce leaf, dip the meat in the red chilli paste and then place it in the lettuce leaf. Add some beansprouts or whatever else is in the side dishes, wrap it up into giant bite-sized wad, and voila! Stuff it in your face like this!

Eating Korean barbecue (galbi - marinated short ribs) on the grill - Samuel and Audrey

Or you can try to be more classy about it like this…

Eating Korean barbecue (galbi - marinated short ribs) on the grill - Samuel and Audrey

Okay, so maybe that didn’t work either, but it sure was tasty. From now on it’s galbi all the way. I ain’t goin’ back to pork fat!

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Andrea October 21, 2012 at 10:29 pm

We eat a lot too, haha – always enjoy you guys’ funny faces in your posts =)


memographer October 21, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Ahhh! Gold in red chili sauce… Hmmmmmmm
Funny faces 🙂


Laurence October 22, 2012 at 1:29 am

When I was living in London I lived right next to two Korean restaurants. They were very Korean – they didn’t even have English menus. The food was always awesome though – must make it out to Korea some time!


Abby November 2, 2012 at 5:57 pm

You two are hilarious.


Turtle November 3, 2012 at 7:44 am

Cutting meat with scissors? That’s genius! Why have I been wasting all these years with a knife?


Chanel @ La Viajera Morena December 26, 2012 at 10:42 am

I could eat some galbi right now. *Drooling* and missing Korean food


ciki January 22, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Galbi is my absolute favourite too… Along with ox tongue and bulgogi! YUMZ!


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