Korean Barbeque

IMG_0705Here is a picture from our first Korean Barbeque experience. I must admit that this is one of the things that I have been waiting for since coming to Korea. Apparently this style of eating is very common here. It was delicious, cheap, and the overall experience was well worth the trip (even though the trip was a five minute walk from our work). I am going to try to explain the process, but I will undoubtedly forget something, my apologies to those who read this post. I also apologize for not knowing the correct name for most of the dishes. With that in mind, here we go. The name of the place is마포갈매기 or Mapogalmagi. We walked in and ordered two orders of spicy pork. The first thing you should know about Korea is that you never have to wait for a waiter/waitress. Koreans tend to be very impatient. So they have devised a plan to avoid having to wait. Most places have a buzzer installed. When you are ready to order, or need something, you push this buzzer and the waiter/waitress comes to you. Pretty convenient. So we push the button, order the spicy pork, and about a minute later the waitress brings out all of the side dishes that you see. One is kimchi (pickled/spicy veggies), salad, garlic, a bowl of assorted veggies in a spicy sauce, and the dipping sauce with onions. Following this, the waitress brings out a plate of red hot coals and places them into a hole in the center of the table. She then places a metal dish on top of the coals. This metal dish has a hole in the center, and a trough around the outside. This trough is filled with whipped eggs and kimchi. The waitress then brings out a plate of seasoned, raw pork which has been cut into small, thin strips. She also brings out a metal grate to fix onto the metal plate. At this point the Korean grill is ready, and we begin cooking out dinner. We placed the pork onto the grate, and let the red hot coals do the rest. INTERESTING FACTOID-About halfway through, the waitress came back and changed out the wire grate for a clean one. Apparently this is because Koreans believe that the black, charred residue left on the grates can cause cancer. Anyways, after the meat is thoroughly cooked, we dipped the meat into the onion sauce, and devoured it. Finally, after eating the pork, and the awesome side dishes, we finish with the egg/kimchi mix which has been cooking in its trough while we were eating. Our bill was 16,ooo Won (a little less that $16) for two orders. Overall this was a great experience! Eating at a Korean barbeque is a must do item when visiting Korea. Take it from a local 😉 –Chris

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