Category: Korean Food

Grilling at its Best for Whatever you Choose at GEN Korean BBQ…


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Bulgogi literally means fire meat — bul is fire and gogi is meat in Korean. This savory dish, typically thinly sliced beef marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, garlic, ginger, onion, sugar (or honey), sesame oil and black pepper, is grilled in front of you at the table, with sliced leeks and mushrooms. It’s served with side dishes of cooked or pickled vegetables that range from crunchy and cool to sharp, tangy and spicy.

Until recently, bulgogi was considered a celebration dish, eaten on birthdays and at weddings or served to guests. Only a couple of decades ago, in fact, a bulgogi meal was worth bragging about to friends, at least for kids.

But with South Korea’s rising fortunes, the dish has become an everyday staple, found in practically every Korean food venue, from fast-food joints to fancy four-star restaurants. “Bulgogi is easy to make and everyone can enjoy” it, says Kim Hyun-sik, a chef at Samwon Garden restaurant in Seoul. (

Today’s Restaurant

GEN Korean BBQ – San Jose, Ca

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Rating (1-10)

8.5 because it is a little pricey for the food.

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We Americans love barbecue!

If it’s raining, let’s barbecue..

Looks like a storm coming, let’s barbecue..

I just heard an alarm that a hurricane is coming, let’s barbecue..

Not only Americans love barbecue but also my Korean brothers as well..

I found a great place to sizzle up some delicious fiddles over at GEN Korean BBQ.

Let’s talk about it. ..


What’s not to love about Korean grub!!

Korean Barbecue Beef Ribs

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If you’ve ever dined out at a Korean restaurant, you’re sure to have been served those tasty, complimentary sides. They could very well have been the best part of the meal; the tiny portions of bright red squares, shiny noodles and dehydrated somethin’s tickle the tongue with absolute delight. The only caveat — for an American palate, at least — is the food can be tough to identify.

These “free side thingies” are actually called “banchan,” which translates to “side dishes.” According to Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee, author of Eating Korean, banchan is eaten at practically every meal in Korea — it’s considered any small food dish served alongside rice. “All banchan is communal,” Lee tells HuffPost over the phone. “You get your own bowl of rice and your own bowl of soup, but in general everything is shared.” She says Korean families typically cook up large batches of these sides to be eaten over the course of the week. “It’s not to be eaten all at once — whatever isn’t used is saved for the next meal, so it’s not a waste.” At restaurants, of course, the excess banchan is tossed. And while the portions are usually small, Lee says Korean restaurants in America may serve a larger quantity “because it looks more impressive.” There are endless variations of banchan fare, but Lee says kimchi and a seasonal vegetable are likely to make it to the table. And, she says, “banchan is always served in odd numbers, because even numbers are considered bad luck.”(

Today’s Restaurant

Jang Su Jang – Milpitas, Ca

Average Cost

Around $15-$20 per plate

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버섯 순두부 Mushroom Soon Tofu, L.A.갈비 L.A. Galbi – BBQ Beef Short Ribs

Mushroom Soon Tofu Soup

My palate tends to have it’s own mind sometimes and what it wants it gets. Last night it was urging me to hunt down some tantalizing Korean beef ribs down my throat else I would feel the worst taste bud tantrum faced to man.