Korean style cooked Ribs, ranked #41 on the World’s most delicious foods complied by CNN in 2011
Galbi directly translates to “ribs” but when it comes to food, it obviously is understood as short ribs. Galbi can be divided into various dishes, including grilled dishes such as Beef Galbi, LA Galbi (where the rib bone is cut laterally, as how it is usually done by butchers in the US), Pork Galbi, Chicken Galbi (used with chunks of chicken cooked in spicy sauce; there is no actual division of only using “rib” in Chicken Galbi), and Tteok Galbi (translated as “rice cake” Galbi, where meat is minced, shaped, then grilled as regular galbi). Although marinated Galbi meat is mostly grilled, it can also be braised with a sauce (Galbi-Jjim), or the Galbi meat can be used to create a clear soup known as Galbi-tang. The image of Galbi being the food of the elite was supported with beef (the usual meat used for Galbi) known to be expensive and a delicacy fit for special occasions.
The marinade sauce for grilled Galbi meat is usually sweet with a soy sauce base, and may include garlic, sesame oil, and alike. The sauce may be considered to be very oriental and may be difficult to master, but the mix of the sauce with the meat is what makes Galbi a favorite of many. The Galbi meat is prepared to be very thing, so that the marinade would be fully absorbed, and so that the sauce may be tasted to its fullest after the meat is cooked. In terms of beef Galbi, the usual seasoning would be a soy sauce base, while chicken Galbi may be done with a stronger base which tend to be spicy; pork Galbi may be done with soy sauce, or with a spicier sauce.
The usual way to enjoy Galbi would be that it be grilled and eaten in a lettuce wrap with ssamjang sauce along with other preferences which may include but would not be limited to garlic, chili, and Kimchi. Aside from the grill, Galbi-Jjim is another dish with a soy sauce base wherein the meat is braised with other ingredients such as potatoes, carrots, onions, chestnuts, and alike. The method of preparing Galbi-Jjim is rather similar to meat stews, allowing the meat to be tenderized, and is enjoyed by people of all ages. These days, Galbi-Jjim is prepared at home with the use of pressure cookers, resulting in the desired dish with less hassle.
Being a generally sweet and savory dish, Galbi was ranked #41 as the World’s most delicious food by CNN based on a toll. Being quoted that Korean dishes (including Galbi) “are savagely good,” it just adds unto the list of must-try Korean dishes.