By olivejuice on January 02, 2008
"This is probably the best homemade Korean grilled beef dish EVER, no exaggeration. I guess you can think of it as a Korean-style beef teriyaki. It is my daughter's favorite way to eat meat and I've never met an American who didn't like it. I was surprised not to find any other kalbi recipe on the zaar, though there are many for braised short ribs and the other korean bbq beef, bulgogi. Kalbi is simple and delicious. Growing up, I typically only had kalbi on special occasions, family holiday dinners, church picnics, and the like. In a restaurant, it can get very pricey but it's a real treat of an experience to have kalbi cooked right at the table and have all sorts of side dishes to eat with it. This recipe is also very flexible: easily doubled; any sweeteners can work in place of sugar (pear juice, honey, brown sugar); easily fried in a skillet or broiled in the oven or grilled... You can serve with just rice, or go all out restaurant-style and serve with red lettuce leaves for wrapping, spicy bean paste, slices of garlic cloves, sliced up scallions and kimchi. It's up to you! The only important thing to remember is the proportion of sugar to soy sauce to water that will result in the best combination of sweet and savory. Prep time does not include marinating time."
Serving Size: 1 (666 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
"This recipe is truly great, yet I would add change to a quarter cup of toasted sesame seeds and a half a cup more soy sauce. This is a really great way to marinate short ribs, I know this would be great with pork ribs too. DON'T FORGET TO KEEP THE MARINADE FOR BASTING WHILE COOKING ON THE GRILL! The marinade is top notch excellent."
"easy and tasty. use this for a large group - it got rave reviews. i pulled back on sugar though and substituted with italian tomato paste - i wanted to add a bit more texture. wonderful recipe, thanks for sharing!"
"I marinated dino ribs in this for a day and a half, then roasted them in the oven for about 2.5 hours as we don't have a grill. We pulled the meat off and wrapped it in lettuce leaves with condiments. Very good."
"We loved the flavor in this great marinade. Delicious! I had a hard time getting the short ribs cooked on the grill. It seemed to take FOREVER and the meat was still tough when we finally pulled them off. I think next time I'll use this marinade on sirloin or tri-tip. We served this with Recipe #214378, and the flavor combo was out of this world! Thanks for a great recipe!"
"Yummy yummy yummy. Better than the food at the local Korean BBQ and a whole lot less expensive too."
"Made this last weekend, great recipe! Our daughter came home from school and we went to popular Korean place and ordered the kalbi. Hubby looked at me and said mine (olivejuice's) were better. I only had a 2 hr marinade on mine and they were very good. Didn't think about saving the marinade to baste (duh), will do next time. Thank You for sharing. My craving has been cured!"
"Just made this tonight. Very simple, very good!!! My husband was stationed in Korea for a while and said this was the closest to authentic bulgogi he's had in 20 years. My kids loved it also. I also thickened the marinade into a suce and gave the option of serving the beef over rice with it, was also good. We loved it with the kimchi and scallions with hot siracha chili sauce in the lettuce leaves. Thank- you so much!"
"Perfect! I have been trying to reproduce an old rib recipe from Maui (Azeka Ribs anyone?) and this was awesome, as close as I've ever gotten my search is over!"