Sweet-and-salty short ribs and chicken + lots of vibrant sides
Korean barbecue is the perfect party meal because it’s festive, convivial, and guests can tailor their meal to their taste. Plus, it’s an easy menu for the cook: The marinades for the barbecued short ribs (kalbi) and chicken (dak gogi) come together quickly and are best done ahead so the meat can absorb the sweet-and-salty flavors. Most of the banchan (the vegetable side dishes) can also be made ahead— some have to be—and some are no-cook, so all that’s left to do on the day of the dinner is make rice and grill the kalbi and dak gogi, which takes minutes. A sociable, delicious way to explore Korean tastes and textures, this feast is sure to become one of your favorites.
Web extra: Listen to an audio slideshow to hear Judy Joo describe the Korean barbecues of her childhood and to hear the proper pronunciation of the Korean dishes and ingredients. In the slideshow, Judy also shares less authentic―but acceptable―substitutions for some of the ingredients.