Preparation of authentic galbi, Korean short ribs marinated in a soy garlic marinade, begins with selecting high quality meat with good marbling and perfect fat to meat ratio. Then, the butcher begins the demanding process of butchering of the short ribs. Finally, the chefs marinate the meat, and then it is grilled to achieve a nice charred flavor.
Sō Korean BBQ
short ribs / soy garlic marinade / soy sauce / sesame oil / lettuce / pink radish / rice / soy bean paste
From Prep to Plate
Seth Tillman heads to Sō Korean BBQ in Centreville, Virginia where owner Sylvia Cho showcases their signature dish, galbi, which is short ribs marinated in a soy garlic marinade. Chef Choi exhibits the technical skill of butchering the short ribs and reveals the secret recipe for the marinade that includes fruit items to tenderize the meat and provide umami flavor. Seth also learns how to make the perfect somaek, a popular Korean drink made by mixing soju and beer.