Do Koreans Make BBQ Chicken?
This thought was spurred by a similar question about Italian chicken.
Almost all the Korean places I know offer kal-bi, bulgogi, as well as "bbq chicken." When I lived in Seoul a number of years ago, I don't remember seeing bbq chicken served anywhere, and I am not talking about "western" tomato based bbq sauce - but the soy based sauces similar to the marinades for bulgogi. Come to think of it, I dont remember seeing meat jun there either. Are either of these dishes "traditional" or are they American additions to Korean food?
When I was in Korea in the 80's you could sometimes find the BBQ chicken in market stalls, small neighborhood rest, and in some of the "soju tents" on the street. It was very unusual to find it in any of the larger rest.
Many American military (given their penchant for late night drinking and eating) fell in love with the street food available in the bar districts, and when they returned to the states would often ask Korean restaurants here to "make that dish".
That is also how many of the deep fried Korean foods came to America.