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May 15, 2007 01:15 PM

What To Do At Korean BBQ? (Buford Hw etc., Atlanta)

I went to Hae Woon Dae two times so far and ordered bulgogi and squid from the menu. It was vert tasty, but I am wondering about the $30 items entirely in Korean (I was too timid to ask) on the first page. What are those? I think that's also seem on the menu at other Korean BBQ restaurants. Also the waiter came and cooked the meat for me, but I'd like to know how to cook it myself, how to ask to do that, and what to order. I am worried I'll look like a fool.

Can anybody help?

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  1. It may be Galbi or Kalbi. There is a place on the Duluth side of Alpharetta (by Stoney River, Home Depot, same side of the road as the new Whole Foods) that makes a reasonably authentic one for about $15 per person. I can't remember the name of the place but it says "Korean BBQ" on the sign. You can choose from a few types of meat.

    As you know but for the readers that don't, the dish is marinated short ribs cooked on charcoal in a hole in your table, served with various assortments of kimchee and lettuce. Take a piece of lettuce, add a piece of meat, some kimchee, maybe some rice, sliver of raw garlic and spicy bean paste, wrap it up in the lettuce and eat it in one bite. (skip the gym that night...everyone will hate you.)

    There are a ton of recipes on the internet for the proper marinade for this meat if you want to make it at home (and can find the right cut of meat) but incidentally, the ASSI market and Super H Mart make a delicious pre-marinated batch. Otherwise, I'd advise against going to a Korean restaurant and asking them if you can assume the cooking duties at the table. Might offend Ajima.

    Next time you go if you're interested in something new and a step up from Bulgogi, try the Bi-Bim-Bap. It's a bowl of rice, assorted kimchees and meat topped with a soft fried egg. Mmmm.

    1. Those 30$ items are large soups or stews cooked at the table. Usually instestine or seafood. They are meant for when you have several people sharing.