4 Wonderful Ways to Use Supergrain Misugaru


4 Wonderful Ways to Use Supergrain Misugaru

Misugaru, the grain powder composed of seeds, milled grains, and beans is now commonly found in a lot of Korean beverages and is also being used in a wide variety of foreign recipes due to its superfood qualities. The different grains that comprise this powder, such as barley, brown rice, and black rice, among others, just make misugaru a very healthy food item that is known to boost one’s body protection against a lot of diseases.

Don’t fret if you think that putting misugaru in your favourite drinks and even dishes will make them taste like medicine. In most occasions, this grain powder will actually even enhance the flavour of your food or drink. Often misugaru is just being added into sweetened water or milk and that’s it – you already have your own misugaru beverage. However, we have made a list of other delicious drinks that you can have with misugaru. Now who said that healthy can’t be tasty?

misugaru latte


1. Misugaru Latte

Those who are fond of their caffeine fix every morning will enjoy a cup of latte with misugaru. Not only will your body be enjoying the benefits of being perked up by your cup of coffee in the morning, you will also get to experience the immune-boosting wonders of misugaru all in one cup. What a perfect way to start your day!



2. Misugaru Smoothie

Lovers of smoothies can definitely make their drinks a lot healthier by adding a spoonful of misugaru. A great and healthy version of smoothie that you can make is the one that combines, almond milk, bananas, mangoes, sugar or honey for sweetening, and of course misugaru. This is one perfect drink to get your body ready to face the day! Feel free to experiment with other ingredients and share with us your own version of misugaru smoothie.



3. Multigrain Misugaru Frappe

Why don’t you take your frappe to another level by adding some misugaru in it? Frappe aficionados might take a while to get used to the nutty texture that misugaru will give to their favourite beverage, but the affection for it will eventually follow. Not only is your frappe healthier because it has no caffeine, this drink will also energize your entire body given that it is full of energy-boosting grains.

ice cream


4. No-Cook Superfood Ice Cream

Who says that you can only enjoy misugaru in drinks? You can definitely have a great scoop of no-frills ice cream with misugaru. Now you don’t have to feel completely guilty every time you will get a scoop of this ice cream version given the health benefits that misugaru provides. Try making your own vanilla or chocolate ice cream with misugaru and let us know how the powder affected the taste.

These misugaru concoctions will go well in a fantastic Korean BBQ dinner. Fortunately, Sydney’s best Korean BBQ Online is here to deliver your Korean BBQ needs. From the best quality meats to the most durable Korean BBQ equipment, we have it all. Visit our website for more details!

5 Korean snacks you should try now


5 Korean snacks you should try now

Who does not like to munch on some snacks while waiting for meals in between? Good news for snack lovers: Koreans have a wide range of delicious and tasty snacks that will please your taste buds and fill your appetite. Regardless of whether you are fond of gansik (간식), the food Koreans refer those as those eaten between meals, or gwaja (과자), those packaged snacks that are mass-produced and are commonly found in supermarkets, you will not really have a hard time finding your Korean snack of choice. Here is a compilation of 5 Korean snacks that we are sure you’ll get addicted to:


1. Saewookkang


Saewookkang (새우깡) or shrimp chips are often regarded as one of Korea’s national snacks. Ask any Korean and we’re so sure they will immediately tell you what this snack is. These chips are given to babies because they are very easy to digest, but the elders also crave for this snack from time to time given that they grew up eating this snack during past times. Saewookkang is so popular that it is not uncommon for many Korean restaurants to serve this as a complimentary snack.


2. Chocopie


Chocolate lovers, rejoice! Chocopie (쵸코파이) is a chocolate-covered marshmallow cookie that is very famous not only among kids but also among those serving in the military. It is often told that those who are serving in the military experience grueling training days that they consider eating Chocopie during their breaks as their piece of heaven. This snack is so good that a pyramid of Chocopie would actually be considered as a great substitute to a typical birthday cake.


3. Matdongsan


Matdongsan (맛동산) is another classic Korean snack that has been in the market since the 70s. Matdongsan is basically made out of flour, fried in oil, glazed, and then covered in bits of peanut. The sweetness and crunchiness of this snack make it a huge hit among young children and elders alike.


4. Senbei


Senbei (煎餅?, or sembei) are Japanese rice crackers that are also very popular in Korea. These crackers are either grilled or baked, covered in mirin or soy sauce, and are available in different flavors. This snack is usually served on the side during meals just like shrimp chips and is also offered to house guests at times. Senbei also goes well with tea or any other refreshing beverage of your choice.


5.     Tteok (Rice cakes)


Tteok (떡) are glutinous rice flour cakes that are as visually appealing as they are appetizing. These cakes come in different flavors like red and mung bean and are eaten primarily during the Lunar New Year to signify that one is getting older as the new year arrives. But you can of course eat tteok’s to your heart’s content even during an ordinary day because these beautiful flour cakes are just downright addictive.


These are just a few of the best snacks that Koreans came to love and willingly introduced to the world. What are your favorite Korean snacks? Make sure you tell us on the comments section below. And remember, Korean snacks go perfectly well with Korean BBQ feasts. Contact us today at Korean BBQ Online so we can assist you in the preparations!



5 Korean rice dishes that you’ll surely love


5 Korean rice dishes that you’ll surely love

It should not come as a surprise anymore that Korea, being an Asian country, is fond of rice. Rice is almost a part of every Korean meal given its versatility to blend well with various meats and vegetables. The wide range of Korean cuisine features a long list of rice dishes that will most likely be a part of your diet soon. Here are our top 5 Korean rice dishes that you will not be able to forget:

1. Bibimbap


You can never call yourself a Korean foodie unless you have tried bibimbap, which is often considered as Korea’s national rice dish. Bibimbap is a bowl of rice topped with egg and various vegetables. If you are planning to make your own bowl of bibimbap at home, then the vegetables that you put on top is completely up to you. However, you will usually see bean sprouts, carrots, spinach, chestnuts, gosari, and bell pepper, among others, in a typical bowl of bibimbap. Chili paste is also served on the side if you want to give the taste of your bibimbap more kick. If ever you will eat in a restaurant, then you will sometimes see a bowl of bibimbap with all the vegetables already mixed in or the vegetables served separately.


2. Omeuraiseu


Another Korean rice dish that is very common and easy to make is Omeuraiseu! The Korean word is abbreviated from the English words Omelette and Rice and is the korean intepretation of the humble English omelette. A paper thin egg layer rests upon a mountain of delicious fried rice. Often topped off with a splashing of tomato sauce, this is a nostalgic comfort food for most Koreans, and one very delicious meal!


3. Dolsot Bibimbap

dolsot bibimbap

Dolsot Bibimbap is almost similar to your regular bibimbap because it also features mixed vegetables on top of rice. The difference between the two is that Dolsot is served on a hot crock whereas a regular bibimbap is served on a cool bowl. Dolsot also has more ingredients that a typical bibimbap. Given the variety of ingredients featured in this rice dish, it is then important for the rice and the ingredients to be mixed well. Do not forget to pour some hot water on the crock to remove the rice that got stuck on the sides so you can still eat them.


4. Gimbap (Korean sushi)


Gimbap (or Kimbap) is a seaweed-wrapped rice roll that is widely available and distributed in Korea. If you want a cheap yet nutritious Korean dish, then gimbap should be one of your top picks. It is also very easy to make: you spread some cooked rice over a square piece of gim and then you add a variety of meats and vegetables on top. Typically, gimbap has cucumber, spinach, carrots, crab meat, and sausage among others, but you can certainly experiment on some ingredients to make your own version of these savoury rice rolls.

5. Kimchi Bokkeumbap

kimchi bokkeumbap

Don’t throw away that Korean kimchi just yet because you can still use them in making the Kimchi Bokkeumbap. Just fry that kimchi and add it, together with some vegetables and meat of your choice, on your steamed rice. Putting some fried egg into your bokkeumbap will also do some wonders. This dish is so easy to make that a lot of people who are on a tight budget prefer to enjoy this rice dish.


Are there any Korean rich dishes that you would like our readers to try? Comment below so we can check them out! And if ever you’re considering to host a Korean BBQ party anytime soon or you just want to stock on some meats for the future rice dishes you are going to create, then do not forget to contact us. Cheers!

5 Korean desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth


5 Korean desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth

There will always be room for desserts, as they say. A typical Korean meal will never be complete without capping off the dining experience with some savoury sweet treat. Fortunately, the greatness that is Korean cuisine has a ton of desserts that will surely be the preference of every dessert aficionados out there. Today’s article is a compilation of some of the most classic Korean desserts that you should try pronto when you get the chance!

1. Bungeoppang


Bungeoppang is a type of roasted Korean pastry that is usually shaped like a fish and is filled with red bean paste. You’ll definitely see a lot of street vendors in South Korea selling these delicious sweet treats. Here’s how this fish-shaped snack is made: batter is poured into a waffle iron that has a fish-shaped mold. Afterwards, red bean paste and another round of batter are added before the bungeoppang is roasted. Other versions of bungeopang are the gukhwappang (chrystanthemum cake), which is shaped like a flower, and gyeranppang, which is shaped like a rounded rectangle and is filled with egg. Don’t fret if you cannot find street vendors who sell bungeoppangs on the street as a lot of supermarkets outside Korea already sell this Korean dessert. However, the variation that you might buy will usually be filled with vanilla ice cream in addition to the red bean paste.

2. Chapssaltteok


Chapssaltteok, which is also spelled as Chapssalddeok, is a kind of rice cake filled with sweet bean paste. This dessert shares similar characteristics with tteok, a staple during Lunar New Year, and mochi. Actually, think of this dessert as your Korean-style mochi. Chapsaltteok is made from chapssal or sweet rice and comes in different flavors.

3. Gyeongju bread


Gyeongju bread, which is considered as a homegrown dessert of Gyeongju City, South Korea, is another Korean dessert with a red bean paste filling. This dessert is made out of wheat flour and eggs and is just filled with a delicious heap of harder red beans. Another characteristic of this tasty treat is the traditional chrysanthemum imprint that you can see on each gyeongju bread.

4. Patbingsu 


And of course, how can we ever forget including the famous patbingsu in this list of top Korean desserts? This very colorful dessert, which is also sometimes spelled as patbingsoo, is made out of shaved ice and a variety of sweet toppings such as Azuki beans, sliced fruits, fruit syrups and sweetened milk. Feel free to add mangoes, strawberries, melons, peaches, and other fruits in season that you prefer. Actually, the wide variety of ingredients that you can add into this shaved ice dessert makes it a favorite among both Koreans and foreigners alike.

5. Yakgwa


Yakgwa is one classic Korean pastry that is considered as a biscuit and is usually shaped like a flower. The ingredients that constitute this dessert, which include, sesame oil, wheat flour, and honey, make this dessert as one of the top favorites among sweet lovers. This pastry has become popular that it is also being mass-produced by food manufacturers just like bungeoppang.


This list of Korean desserts is far from being complete, so make sure you let us know what are your favorite ones in the comments section below. And should you ever plan on doing a Korean BBQ feast soon, then feel free to drop us a line at Korean BBQ Online!

Celebrating Seollal, the Korean New Year


Celebrating Seollal, the Korean New Year

Most Western people might already be counting down the days before welcoming 2016, but for Koreans, the Lunar New Year is slated to happen on February 8 next year. This article will focus on Seollal, the Korean New Year, and how it is generally being celebrated. Here’s to another way of appreciating the diversity of Korean culture!

  1. Seollal is a 3-day holiday.

Koreans celebrate the Lunar New Year for 3 days, which gives them enough time to actually go back to their respective home towns, reunite with families and friends for some quality time, pay respect to elders and ancestors, and observe other typical Seollal traditions. This is indeed a great way for Koreans to welcome the new year, hoping that it will abound in prosperity and grace.

  1. Charye and Hanbok

One of the highly observed traditions of Koreans during Seollal is charye¸a ritual where Koreans dress in their traditional clothing called hanbok. This is indeed a sight to behold whether you’re a local or a foreigner. You know that Koreans really regard their traditions highly when you see them donning their traditional costumes while praying to ancestral spirits, playing folk games (four-stick game), eating food, and sharing stories with their loved ones.

  1. Food is serious business

Koreans take their food seriously particularly during momentous occasions like the Seollal. You’ll definitely see them eating the tteokguk (soup with rice cakes) to signify that they are aging a year older as the new year comes. Eating tteokguk has been a central part of Lunar New Year celebrations that Koreans ask one another how much tteokguk they ate. In addition, buchimgae or jeon is also a common Lunar New Year dish where slices of pancakes are served to partakers. Overall, the types of food served and eaten during the New Year just bonds Koreans during a very important occasion. It is not only the quality of the meals that is remembered; the quality time that people have spent on the dining table is also cherished.

  1. Paying respects and receiving blessings

Once all the eating is over, young people will pay respects by bowing and presenting gifts to their elders. This tradition is called sebeh. In return, the elders will bless their younger loved ones so that they can enjoy a more prosperous year ahead. Kids also look forward to this tradition because they usually receive an allowance from the elders for the new year, which is referred to as sebaetdon. The allowance can come in the form of money or food!

  1. Lighting a “moon” house

Some Korean families make moon houses out of firewood and light them so that the evil spirits will be driven away. This practice is considered important so that Korean families will manage to start the new year in luck and that all forms of misfortune will be extinguished.


It’s never too early to prepare for your new year celebrations! Korean BBQ Online is your trusted partner in making sure that you will all welcome the new year in the most delicious and unforgettable way possible. Drop us a line today so we can discuss.


5 Korean Dishes to welcome the Lunar New Year

ddeokguk and hanbok

5 Korean Dishes to welcome the Lunar New Year

Countdown to Seollal 2016 has already begun, and nothing is busier in preparing for it than the Koreans. Welcoming the Lunar New Year is such a big deal among Koreans that people take breaks from their usual busy lives to reconnect with loved ones and spend quality time with them. Some even travel at great lengths just to be with family and friends so they can all together welcome the New Year. Food is of course an essential part of the Lunar New Year celebrations, so for your convenience we have a compiled a list of Korean dishes that are traditionally served during Seollal:


1. Ddeokguk (rice cake soup)

ddeok guk

Tteokguk (tteok means rice cake; guk means soup) is a traditional dish served during the New Year that all Koreans know. This soup with slices of rice cakes is served in beef broth and is made with garaetteok, a long, cylindrical and unsweetened variety of rice cake that is eventually cut into oval shapes. Koreans believe that the oval-shaped rice cake will bring prosperity to everyone during the New Year and that eating it means that people would have grown a year older and wiser.


2. Modeumjeon (pan-fried zucchini, shrimp and fish in egg batter)


Jeon refers to any battered food that has been pan-fried in Korean cuisine. There are usually two types of jeon:  the first are those that are shaped like a pancake where the main ingredients are all mixed together in a flour mixture and then fried to make everything crisp. The other type involves pan-frying each of the ingredients such as vegetables, fish, mushrooms, and shrimp, among others, to enhance the flavour and tenderness of the overall dish. A combination of these ingredients is what is referred to as modumjeon.


3. Galbijim (braised short ribs)


Another irresistible dish that you can cook to welcome the New Year is galbijim. The meat or ribs for this dish are not seared before being braised. The ribs are parboiled to remove the excess blood and fat; ingredients such pine nuts, chest nuts, or basically any nut that you prefer can be added for extra taste and garnishing.


4. Manduguk (Korean dumpling soup)


This is a traditional version of tteokguk where dumplings are put in the beef broth instead of rice cake slices. This dish originated from North Korea and became a staple when the lands remained arid and unsuitable to grow rice and other crops. This is another flavourful dish because the savoury dumplings and warm broth complement well to provide a simple yet tasty hint of sweetness and saltiness.


5. Japchae (starch noodles with vegetables)


Japchae , which means mixed vegetables when translated to English, is starch or glass noodles that are just chewy and balanced given this dish’s variety of ingredients. Noodles are believed to symbolize longevity, which explains why Koreans don’t even hesitate to eat platefuls of japchae when welcoming the New Year. Again, you are free to add mushrooms, peppers, zucchini, carrots, and other ingredients that you prefer


Do you know of any other dishes that Koreans serve when celebrating the Lunar New Year? We would love to know them all through the comments section below. Also, it’s never too late to contact us at Korean BBQ Online so we can assist you in preparing for the most delicious and memorable New Year’s Eve celebration ever!


7 things you never knew about Kimchi

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7 things you never knew about Kimchi

A talk about Korean cuisine will never be complete without mentioning kimchi. For Koreans, kimchi is not just your ordinary side dish of sliced cabbage, red chili, radish, garlic, ginger, anchovy paste and scallions. Kimchi is actually a national symbol of Koreans’ strong and passionate character, owing to the dish’s sour and spicy taste. Not a lot of people prefer eating kimchi because of its strong taste, but Koreans certainly appreciate foreigners who have the guts to finish a plate of it.

We know that some of you are not that yet familiar with kimchi, so don’t worry because we’ve done some research for you. Impress your Korean friends with the following interesting facts about kimchi:


1. Kimchi has a lot of varieties

kimchi varieties

If you’ve always thought that kimchi is always made out of cabbage, then allow us to enlighten you. Kimchi actually has over a hundred versions that feature a whole lot of main ingredients. Some kimchis are made out of cucumber, bossam, and radish, among others. And just to clarify, the word kimchi itself actually refers to the process of vegetable fermentation and not on kimchi’s ingredients themselves.


2. It’s regional and seasonal


Koreans eat different varieties of kimchi depending on the season. If it’s winter time, then the most popular kimchi variety being consumed is radish water. The more common cabbage kimchi is consumed more during the fall, cucumber is eaten more during the summer, and green onions during spring. And as Korea is a vast country, its regions also feature different varieties of kimchi where the strength of the flavors and ingredients generally differ.


3. Kimchi can knock out major diseases

kimchi making

Kimchi is actually a very healthy side dish that is packed with antioxidants, important vitamins, and good bacteria. Some credible research has shown that eating kimchi can help strengthen one’s immune system to prevent the human body from contracting bird flu and some forms of cancer. Some even say that kimchi is so healthy it will lower your risk of having a heart attack and diabetes. Keep these in mind, folks, whenever you’re initially turned off by the smell of kimchi. This side dish is actually very good for your body!


4. No refrigerators = kimchi

traditional kimchi storage

Kimchi came into existence because Koreans back in the day didn’t have refrigerators to preserve their vegetables. As a result, families gathered together and helped in the fermentation process, which involved cutting, mixing and salting of vegetables, so that they will have enough stock of vegetables to eat come winter time.


5. Separate refrigerator for kimchi

kimchi fridge

As you may already know by now, kimchi is such a highly important dish to Koreans. But it might still surprise you that Koreans purchase a separate refrigerator for storing their kimchi. Back in the day, kimchi was just stored in underground clay pots to achieve the desired temperature to complete the fermentation and preservation process. Now, Koreans buy specially designed refrigerators for kimchi that can provide the exact temperature being achieved when stored in clay pots. It also makes sense to store kimchi in a different refrigerator so that its smell won’t affect those of other goods and produce like milk, fruits, vegetables, etc.


 6. Kimchi used to be not spicy


Kimchi used to be not spicy as the red pepper didn’t get introduced to Koreans until the 1500s, and the Koreans didn’t get to add this as an ingredient to kimchi until the 1800s.


7. Kimchi has already reached the outer space!


Yi So-Yeon became the first Korean astronaut to fly in space in 2008, and as you may have guessed, she brought some kimchi along with her to outer space. She even hosted a traditional kimchi dinner while she was up there! The Korean government spent millions of dollars for their space program, and included in this venture is the extensive research that was done to figure out how fermentation could be slowed down. Studies had also been conducted to determine how kimchi would behave in space and react to various outer space forces. 


Do you know any other interesting facts about kimchi? Share them all below. And if through this article you suddenly experienced some craving for Korean BBQ, then Korean BBQ Online has your back! Check out our menu and see how we can serve you today.


5 must-try side dishes for your next BBQ feast

myeolchi bokkeum

5 must-try side dishes for your next BBQ feast

Banchan or the Korea’s version of side dishes is eaten in almost every Korean meal. You might have noticed these complimentary sides the last time you ate in a Korean restaurant. The awesome thing about these banchans is that they are savoury on their own that it just perfectly starts the awesome Korean meal that is about to happen.

We understand that identifying or even remembering the names of each Korean side dish can be quite a challenge at first on your part because there are hundreds of them. So in addition to your usual kimchi, we at Korean BBQ Online share our list below of 5 tasty banchans that you should look out for the next time:

1. Myulchi Bokkeum (fried anchovies)

myeolchi bokkeum

This is one popular ba   nchan that can be quite addicting due to its crunchiness and perfect combination of saltiness and sweetness. You can also experiment with the taste by adding some honey or sesame seed oil on the anchovies.

2. Sukjunamul (mung bean sprouts)

sukjunamul muchim

This is one of the easiest banchans to make because it is just a combination of mung bean sprouts, garlic, sesame oil, and a dash of salt. You can also try adding some cucumbers into the mix for more variety. This crunchy side dish just tastes so clean and fresh you’ll be tempted to order more.

3. Japchae (glass noodles)


These are noodles made from sweet potatoes and then stir-fried using sesame oil. People often put some vegetables and meat into this dish which makes it a great main dish as well. This is definitely one of the healthier Korean noodles that you’ll ever get to taste!

4. Yeongeun Jorim (candied lotus root)

Yeongeun Jorim

You’re missing out on a lot if you still haven’t tasted this side dish. The lotus plant is more found in Asia and Australia and has only started to be featured in western dishes. The marinated lotus root has a great combination of saltiness and sweetness which makes it just perfect to munch on before eating a full-course meal.

5. Ojingeochae Muchim (dried shredded squid)

ojingeochae muchim

Here’s another banchan that perfectly executes that salty and sweet taste. Think of this side dish as squid jerky. In fact, this has been a huge hit that shredded squid is now being mass-produced and sold in various stores in the western hemisphere.


We hope we gave you some great ideas on other interesting banchans to serve during your Korean BBQ meals. We at Korean BBQ Online can take care of your sides and sauces. Feel free to contact us today so we can deliver them straight to your doorstep!

Cheap Korean food for budget travelers

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Cheap Korean food for budget travelers

Seoul might be one of the most expensive and cosmopolitan cities in the world, but that does not mean that this bustling city does not have affordable food options. You can definitely still enjoy Seoul and its plethora of dining choices without burning a hole in your pocket. So to all the budget travelers out there, today’s article is for you. There’s no need to deprive yourself of some great eating when you can get the following food choices for less than five dollars:


1. Food items from kimbap Restaurant

kimbap house

Think of kimbap restaurant as Korea’s version of American fast food. The food served here are generally cheap and not really that bad when it comes to taste and quality. Feel free to feed yourself with affordable ramyeon noodles, bibimbap, dumplings, meat stews, and a whole lot more for a price that usually won’t exceed 6,000 won. 


2. Take-away pizza

pizza school itaewon

Nothing can instantly fill your stomach more than a good slice of pizza, but pizza shop giants like Pizza Hut and Domino’s have quite pricey pizzas in South Korea. But pizza lovers should not fret as smaller pizza shops like Pizza School sell whole pies for less than 6,000 won. Not only do these pizza pies come in different flavors, they can also feed approximately 3-4 people.


3. Kimbap (Korean Sushi)

homeplus kimbap

If you are craving for a quick sushi fix, then going to supermarkets like Home Plus or E-Mart will be your best bet. These establishments sell a diverse variety of ready-to-eat sushi that sell for less than 600 won per piece. With a per piece rate this cheap, feel free to buy more than 10 pieces for a filling lunch or dinner!


4. Bunshik (Street Food)

korean street food

Another way to get immersed into Korean culture without breaking the bank is to try the delicious Korean street food or bunshik. Food trucks selling cheap food can be found almost anywhere in South Korea. Examples of must-try bunshiks are the twigim (fried treats), rice cakes, fish cakes and a lot more. And these savoury street food items generally cost only 5,500 won or even less, which is just perfect for people who have limited budget but still want to be adventurous when it comes to eating.


5. Doshirak (lunch boxes)


Always be on the look out for supermarkets and other food establishments that actually sell lunch box sets to people who are always on the go. An example of these places is Hansot Doshirak where most lunch box sets sell for less than 6,000 won. For this set you already usually have an egg, a rice dish and two tasty sides. This is not too bad at all!


We at Korean BBQ Online would like to know more about your suggestions on where budget travelers can eat affordable meals in Korea. Please share them all in the comments section below!

5 tips to save time in Korean cooking

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5 tips to save time in Korean cooking

People might find Korean dish preparations as intimidating given the diverse ingredients being used and the wide array of side dishes that are available. However, we can guarantee you that Korean cooking can be possibly done in a highly efficient manner for as long as you prepare and observe the following tips:


1. Prep in advance as many ingredients as you can.

Chop and puree ahead of time whatever ingredients you can chop and puree. Ingredients like scallions, tomatoes, peppers and a lot more can be sliced in advance to save time. There are also some pre-chopped ingredients in the supermarket if you really want to save time or if you are in a hurry.


2. Marinate meat in bulk.

If you want to save on time and costs, then always shop for meat in bulk that are available in a good price. You then marinate them in advance and place them in your freezer for storage. Doing this is definitely a timesaver as all you’ll worry about is cooking the marinated meat itself. Plus, you can host more Korean BBQ feasts at home given your stock of marinated meat!


3. Always stock on Korean soups and broths

It is very common for Koreans to have soups on almost every meal, so it is always best to have soup stocks stored in your fridge just in case you have to prepare Korean dinner for unexpected guests. These are the kinds of stocks that take only less than 30 minutes to heat up.


4. Improvise on your side dishes.

We know that there are hundreds and hundreds of possible Korean side dishes out there. This idea alone can be daunting at first, but this actually gives a lot of room for improvisation because the side dish possibilities are plentiful. Side dishes can be as simple as grilled vegetables or anchovies anyway, so feel free to spice things up and devise new side dishes based on your tastes and on what’s available in your pantry.


5. Let modern kitchen tools save your day.

There’s a reason why rice cookers and crock pots exist, and that is to make your life at the kitchen much easier. Feel free to go to various kitchen stores or supermarkets to invest on practical tools that will make your cooking way easier and more efficient. For instance, using steam bags can be used to quickly steam vegetables. Indoor grills can also help you save time compared with the longer preparation of food that must be done if you do the grilling outside.


Now that we’re on the issue of saving time while cooking, we at Korean BBQ Online is more than happy and willing to help you save time. Planning your next Korean BBQ? Then feel the huge convenience of shopping for all that you need for your Korean BBQ only at Korean BBQ Online.

What makes Korean food Korean?

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What makes Korean food Korean?

In a world that offers a massive array of cuisines from all over, the Korean food definitely knows how to distinguish itself. Today we are going to feature what makes Korean food distinctly Korean, and we believe that this is especially helpful for people out there who have yet to fully familiarize themselves with Korean cuisine. But for those who are already Korean foodies by heart and soul, we are sure that you will be nodding your heads in affirmation as you go through this article. Now allow us to brief you with the typical characteristics of Korean food:


1. Spice.
Koreans know their spice, and man do they use it so well. Vinegar, wine, garlic, sesame, ginger, bean paste, peppers, soy sauce, you name it. Koreans will never back down in intensifying their food’s flavors using a variety of spices. Oh the sensory feast!


2. Side dish.
It’s almost impossible to enjoy a typical Korean meal without a side dish, and honestly, these side dishes are actually already very tasty on their own. From the most popular Korean side dish of all time, kimchi, to the equally common ones like shrimps, fish, cabbage, lettuce, steamed veggies, and beef, ah, your meal is just bound for awesomeness. Make those delectable side dishes by checking out what we offer!

3. Meat, meat, meat.
eat galbi like a pro
Of course! This is why we all love Korean BBQ! We are all too familiar with the cuts, the marinades, and the dipping sauces. And how can we forget that distinct flavor and tenderness that only Korean BBQ meats can deliver? Check out our offering of marinated and non-marinated meats AND wagyus today!

4. Soups.
mae un tang
Koreans love their soups that are just packed with flavor. Regardless of whether you prefer having a hot and spicy soup to feel warm during the cold weather or just a simple vegetable and beef broth on a normal, sunny day, there are always a Korean soup that will suit your preferences and tastes.

5. Healthy balance.
healthy balance
Korean dishes are known for how healthily balanced they are. Yes, you have the meats, but Koreans don’t forget their vegetables and grains on the side. It’s very common for Koreans to wrap their meats using vegetable leaves for eating or to devour veggie-based side dishes to complement their meat-heavy feasts. Regardless of how much Korean cuisine has grown and evolved, this healthily balanced concept of Korean food has always remained.


Feel free to comment below on any characteristic of Korean food that we’ve missed! And don’t forget to check out our Korean BBQ Online menu so you can bring that awesome Korean dishy goodness conveniently to your home.

Eating samgyeopsal like a pro

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Eating samgyeopsal like a pro

Samgyeopsal is one of those pork belly dishes that you will almost always see in any Korean BBQ feast. What can we say – Koreans love their pork so much! The cuts for this meat are much thicker and are often served uncooked and unmarinated. This means that you will be doing all of the grilling and portioning of the cuts into smaller pieces so that they will be cooked evenly and thoroughly. That said, be prepared for all the smoke that will follow because it’s all part of the Korean BBQ fun!

Another delightful thing when ordering samgyeopsal is the variety of colorful side dishes and dipping sauces that will come with it. Kimchi, peppers, mushrooms, garlic, onions, ginger, lettuce, ssamjang, gireumjang – you name it. You’ll really be in for some gastronomic treat!

Once you’ve done your part in the cutting, flipping and grilling of the meat, then it’s time to eat the product of your labor. Don’t go fast in grabbing those chopsticks now because we will brief you on how to best eat samgyeopsal. Here are some basic steps on how you can eat samgyeopsal like a Korean:

  1. Take a piece of your lettuce or of the vegetable leaf that you prefer.
  2. Get a portion of your grilled meat, dip it in your preferred dipping sauce (i.e., gireumjang), and then put it on your leaf.
  3. Add the sides that were served to you depending on your preference. Ssamjang, kimchi, grilled vegetables, rice, mushrooms… the floor is yours!
  4. Once you’re done stuffing your leaf, you roll the leaf up just like a burrito and then eat the entire thing in one go.

And that’s it! Just some delicious explosion in your mouth right then and there thanks to samgyeopsal.

If you wish to enjoy samgyeopsal right at the comforts of your own home, then always remember that Korean BBQ Online is here to deliver.

How about you? How do you eat your samgyeopsal?

5 Korean dishes for non-spicy food lovers


5 Korean dishes for non-spicy food lovers

Koreans might be known for using a wide variety of spices to enhance the flavor of their dishes, but not all the awesome ones are spicy. So rejoice for lovers of non-spicy foods! You can still enjoy the best of Korean cuisine without the burning sensation and sweat that comes along with spiciness. Today we’ve compiled a list of some Korean dishes that foodies who don’t prefer the heat would definitely enjoy. Let’s get started!

Tteok-galbi (short rib patties)

ddeok galbi

Tteok-galbi (short rib patties) is a dish that is made out of seasoned, finely minced galbi. The grilled meat itself is very tender and is just a delight to eat with tteok (rice cake). This dish is also best eaten with plain noodle soup with non-spicy kimchi because the freshness of the soup will enhance the richness of this dish’s flavor. If this sounds deliciously tempting to you, then why don’t you make yourself one at home? Korean BBQ online has both marinated and non-marinated galbis that are ready to be delivered to your doorstep. Hassle-free on your end!



Of course bibimbap is a part of this list given its immense popularity. The balanced nature of this meal is one of its appealing factors considering that you’ll get to enjoy strips of meat, vegetables, egg, and rice in one serving of this dish. You can even add your own toppings if you want to! And given that you don’t like spicy food, then you can always use soy sauce or butter to replace the red chili paste that people typically add on bibimbap.

Han-jeongsik (Korean table d’hote)


Han-jeongsik (Korean table d’hote) is another proof of how Koreans are fond of enjoying a very balanced dish. This is a traditional “complete” set meal that was historically eaten by the Korean upper class. You have your rice, vegetables and a wide array of side dishes.

Juk (porridge)


Your typical porridge just got some healthy upgrade through juk (porridge). This light yet nutritious dish is just your healthy comfort food that will give you that extra energy and strength that you need on any given day. This porridge can also be digested easily and is really great for those who are recovering from sickness.

Saengseon-hoe (sliced raw fish)

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Lovers of raw seafood, this is your moment! Saengseon-hoe (sliced raw fish) is not only tasty, it is also packed with nutrients that are not minimized because of the addition of unwanted preservatives. It is equivalent to Japanese “sashimi”. You can enhance the flavor of this dish by dipping the fish in soy sauce. And if you really want to continue your healthy eating streak, then you can even opt to wrap the raw fish in a vegetable leaf of your choice!
There are a lot more non-spicy Korean foods out there that are not included in this list, so feel free to share whatever you know on the comments down below. And if in case you want more non-spicy Korean food goodness, then check out what we offer only at Korean BBQ Online!

Wagyu marbling score explained

wagyu marbling score

Wagyu marbling score explained

Wagyu steak lovers must have encountered the words marbling and marbling scores before. But what exactly are they?

Marbling refers to the white flecks of fat that you can see on a rib eye, for example, and marbling scores are determined based the distribution and amount of these intramuscular fats on the meat cut. These scores then form the basis of the quality grades of meats. Meats with high marbling scores tend to be more flavorful, juicier, and have a more superior texture compared with those that have lower scores, so make sure you keep an eye on meats with very visible marbling. On average, high-quality kinds of wagyu beef have around 20-25% of marbling. Don’t worry if you are health-conscious because marbled fats generally lower the bad kind of cholesterol (LDL) in our bodies, so we encourage you to go ahead and indulge in that wagyu steak once in a while!

Typical marbling scores range from a low score of 4 to a very high score of 12. Only the wagyu beef from Japan has managed to achieve a 12 so far, which explains why it is one of the most highly sought-after beef cuts in the world. Note though that the quality of a lot of Australian wagyu beef fares somewhere between 9 and 10, so the quality of our meet is also way up there. The visibility of the marbled fat is also evaluated based on the following criteria: abundant, moderate, modest, small, slight traces and practically devoid.

The herd of cattle that produce the best wagyu beef and achieve almost consistently high marbling scores undergo a thorough and detailed rearing process. A lot of these cattle, particularly those in Japan, are raised in enclosed barns that limit their physical activity (which explains the accumulation of marbled fat) and also prevent them from being exposed to grazing dangers. These cattle also have strict diet regimens that change and are adapted to the stage of growth that they are in. For optimal results, these cattle are sometimes given regular massages to evenly distribute their subcutaneous fats.

Now that you’re much better informed about marbling, it’s now time to order the best wagyu beef that you can possibly have here in Sydney. Get our top-quality wagyu beef to your doorstep! It only takes a few clicks on your end and we at Korean BBQ Online will take care of the rest.

How to use your Korean BBQ hot plate

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How to use your Korean BBQ hot plate 

So you just invested in a Korean BBQ hot plate because you’re too eager to finally have your own Korean BBQ feasts at home. But do you actually know how to use them? If not, then we got you absolutely covered.

Here are some straightforward steps that you can follow so you can maximize the benefits of having your own Korean BBQ hot plate at home:

Step 1: Make sure you have your portable gas stove and cooking utensils ready. The primary utensils you will need are small tongs to turn the meat, and a pair of kitchen scissors.

Step 2: Stabilize your hot plate on the gas stove by using its feet. Both of their stands should be compatible so they can fit together perfectly.

Step 3: Light your gas stove and adjust the flame to max setting. Pre-heat the hot plate to the point where you can hear sizzling when the meat touches the surface of the hot plate. You may want to eventually lower the heat when the pace of eating slows.

Step 4: Always keep an eye on the meat that you’re grilling as overcooking them will create a lot of smoke. Put the cooked cuts of meat on the sides of the BBQ hot plate so that they will remain hot.

Step 5: Notice that the BBQ hot plate has a plug. When you are cooking meat with a lot of juices, leaving the plug in ensures that the marinade juices that you’ll be using won’t go anywhere when you grill. If you are grilling very fatty meats, you will want to take the plug out so that the oil drains away. Ensure you have a bowl to catch the liquids if you choose to remove the plug.

Step 7: Korean BBQ hot plates are very easy to wash and maintain. You can use warm water and ordinary dishwashing soap to clean it. Just avoid using abrasive cleaning materials to prevent your hot plate from getting scratches.

There you go! We at Korean BBQ Online wish you a very fun and awesome Korean BBQ feast, thanks to your easy-to-use Korean BBQ hot plate. Enjoy!

Recipe: Seasoned bean sprout side dish (콩나물무침)

seasoned bean sprouts

Recipe: Seasoned bean sprout side dish (콩나물무침)

Today we are going to feature yet another nutritious and tasty side dish that is common to see in almost all Korean meals – bean sprouts! Bean sprouts are known for a wide variety of health benefits, such as improving one’s metabolism, increasing your body’s fiber and good enzyme supply,  lowering bad cholesterol, enhancing the overall condition of your skin, eyes, and immune system, and preventing the occurrence of anemia. Given this wide range of benefits, it’s not surprising anymore why Koreans love their bean sprouts!

This bean sprout side dish is usually served plain with few thinly sliced vegetables like carrots and spring onions thrown into the mix, although some prefer to spice things up a little bit by adding chili and pepper. The bean sprout side dish recipe that we have below will quickly teach you how to make the plain type. However, feel free to experiment by adding more ingredients into the list to make your sprout side dish taste more interesting.

Serves 4 people

Prep time: 15min


  • One small bag of bean sprouts
  • carrot
  • Spring onion

Sauce ingredients

  • Perilla oil (들기름) 1T
  • Sesame oil (참기름) 1T
  • Salt 1T
  • A little bit of sugar
  • Sesame seeds
  • Salt when boiling the bean sprouts 1T)




  1. Add 1T Salt to boiling water.
  2. Wash the fresh bean sprouts.
  3. While scooping out the bean sprouts’ outer skins, add the bean sprouts to the boiling water.
  4. After the water starts boiling again, boil the bean sprouts for around 5-8 minutes until you can smell the distinct smell of boiled bean sprouts.
  5. After boiling, immediately wash the bean sprouts in cold water to give the bean sprouts a crispy texture.
  6. Drain away the excess water and then place the washed bean sprouts in a bowl.
  7. To create a nice colour, add a small amount of thinly sliced carrots and spring onion.
  8. Mix the perilla oil, sesame oil, 1T salt, little bit of sugar, and sesame seeds to form the sauce.
  9. Add the sauce to the bean sprouts, carrot, and spring onion mix. Mix well.
  10. Serve in a small side dish bowl and enjoy!


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Care to share how you make your own version of seasoned bean sprout side dish? Comment below!

5 essentials for doing Korean BBQ at home

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5 essentials for doing Korean BBQ at home

Nothing beats the feeling of being able to have your Korean BBQ meals at home. And we are not only talking about the convenience that this experience gives, we are also stressing the awesome dining memories that can only be formed with your loved ones and peers right at the comforts of your own home. We are very sure that you are excited to host your own Korean BBQ feast, so allow us to give you a brief rundown of the 5 important things that you need to make that BBQ meal so on point:

  1. Get your equipment ready!

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Make sure that you already have a Korean BBQ hot plate and a portable gas stove or a charcoal grill with charcoal. In addition, we recommend you have a pair of tongs to turn the meat, and a pair of scissors to cut the meat into bite sized pieces. We at Korean BBQ Online are always ready to get these equipment to your doorstep and all you have to do is to order these items through us online. We provide the best equipment that you can use to start doing your own memorable Korean BBQ feasts.

  1. Get your meat!

marinated pork galbi

By now we’re certain that you already have some knowledge of the different kinds and cuts of meat that you can use for your Korean BBQ meals. The great news for you is that Korean BBQ Online has a wide array of marinated and non-marinated meats that you can choose from. Now you can conveniently order your pork bulgogis, pork bellies, rib fingers and even premium wagyu cuts online. There will be no more hassles on your end because we always promptly deliver every time, all the time.

  1. Get your greens!


By now you know that Korean dishes are always balanced. It’s not only meat, meat and more meat. Leafy greens will always have a place in any Korean meals so make sure that you have enough stock of these nutritious veggies. Korean BBQ Online can provide you with the best quality wrapping lettuce and Korean perilla leaf that will just be perfect for your Korean eating sessions.

  1. Get your dipping sauces!

dipping sauces

Of course you will never forget to have those tasty dipping sauces that will only further enhance your meats’ savoury and juicy flavours. Whether you want ssamjang or some hot chilli for some spicy action, Korean BBQ Online will always ensure that you have dipping sauces to make your Korean BBQ feast completely special.

  1. Get your loved ones!

friends eating kBBQ

Family, friends, and even acquaintances… it’s time to finally exchange stories and make new memories at the dining table, thanks to your lovely Korean BBQ at home session. Great food is always best shared with others, don’t you agree?

Korean BBQ Online is glad to be a part of your unforgettable Korean dining experiences. Don’t hesitate to contact us today if you have any questions about starting your own Korean BBQ feasts at home or about any of the products that we offer!

5 Stew-Licious Korean Stews To Try!

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5 Stew-licious Korean Stews to try

Stews play a major role in Korean cuisine as it is almost always a part of any Korean meal. And no, these stews do not always just stay on the side – they sometimes even take the starring role. In this article we have compiled a list of 5 mouth-watering Korean stews that must be a part of your Korean BBQ feasts or your Korean dining experience in general:


  1. Doenjang jjigae (된장찌) – (Korean Bean Paste) Stew
    doenjang jjigae

Think of Japanese miso but with a bolder flavour and stronger odour. This is exactly what Korean Bean Paste Stew is, a comfort yet nutritious food that will help you get through the coldness of the winter. Feel free to use your top choice of vegetables when you make this stew. Common choices are turnips, carrots, zucchini, and pumpkin. Eating this stew during Korean BBQ feasts is also great as it will prepare your body from all the meats that you will consume.


  1. Kimchi jjigae (김치찌개)– Spicy Kimchi Stew
    kimchi jjigae

Those who are not afraid of hotness can indulge merrily in the spicy kimchi stew. Just like the Korean Bean Paste Stew, this comfort food is perfect to consume during the winter season given its spiciness. If you want to give your taste buds that explosion of flavour just before you partake in a Korean BBQ feast, then this stew will definitely fail you.


  1. Mae un tang (매운탕)– Korean Spicy Fish Stewmae un tang

If you want a delicious combination of fish, vegetables, and spices into one dish, then this Korean Spicy Fish Stew will be a boon to your palate. The spiciness of this stew is neutralized by the sweet taste of the fish and vegetables, which makes it just perfect for a balanced stew.


  1. Samgyetang (삼계탕) – Korean Stuffed Chicken Soup with Ginsengsamgyetang

Meat lovers will definitely rejoice once they get a taste of this stew. Sticky rice-stuffed chicken simmered into perfection in garlic, ginseng, and ginger almost makes this stew a meal in itself. It also doesn’t help that this stew is not only delicious; it’s also fragrant. What a way to whet your appetite!


  1. Bulgogi jjigae (불고기찌개) – Korean Bulgogi Stewbulgogi jeonggol

This stew is one of the easiest ones to make especially if you just finished hosting a Korean BBQ feast and you have some leftover marinated bulgogi. Throw in some vegetables like carrots, pumpkin, zucchini or whatever other vegetable you want into the mix and you already have another balanced stew that will surely get your energy going for the next day.

What kinds of Korean stews would you recommend for us to try during the holidays?

Today is the Day You’ll Make Patbingsu


Today is the day you’ll make patbingsu

Oh yes. THAT Korean dessert. The time has indeed come because you feel that the experience of eating Korean meals at home is never complete without eating this delectable treat. Besides, who would say no to eating a chewy, crunchy, and creamy goodness to cap off a very lovely lunch or dinner? Especially now that it’s summer time? Only a crazy one.

Let’s start with this beautiful list of ingredients:

  • Ice (1 tray/bowl)
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Sweetened Azuki Red Bean Paste
  • Matcha Powder
  • Fruit Cocktail
  • Ddeok/Mochi/Rice Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Shaved Ice Machine

One of the great things about making patbingsu is that you have the freedom to make it the way you want it. You can choose whatever flavor of ice cream you want, or fruits that you want to put in. You can event leave out certain ingredients all together…it’s all up to you!



Once you have that beautiful mountain of shaved ice in a bowl, you can start putting in the sweetened condensed milk to make the patbingsu just as creamy as you want it to be.

The next ingredient that you can add is the red bean paste and matcha powder for some added flavor and color.

Lastly, put in the fruits, sticky glutinous rice and the ice cream of your choice.

Voila! You now have your patbingsu which you should eat right away before it becomes too soupy.

Here’s a question for you: if you are to make your own version of patbingsu, then what ingredients will it consist of? And have you actually tried encountering other amazing versions of patbingsu? Let us know your patbingsu experiences by leaving a comment down below!

A Bangin’ Korean Ddeok Guk Recipe for 2016!

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A bangin’ Korean Ddeok Guk recipe for 2016

Koreans know this too well, but allow us to orient those who are unfamiliar: Ddeok Guk 떡국 (rice cake soup) is a rice cake shaped in the form of a disk and is served in a very flavorful broth. This dish is very widely eaten during the New Year’s day, regardless of whether it is the Korean one (Lunar calendar’s first day) or the Western one (January 1). According to tradition, Koreans believe that eating Ddeok Guk will allow everyone to age a year older when the New Year comes in. Eating rice cake soup has been very significant during the New Year’s that asking someone if he or she has already eaten one is already equivalent to asking someone if he or she just got a year older. This dish also has its symbolisms: the clear soup signifies a fresh start for the year ahead, while the disc-shaped cakes symbolize money and therefore, prosperity. Oh we do say yes to new beginnings and riches!

It’s never too late to prepare your own Ddeok Guks just before 2015 waves goodbye. Here’s an awesome Ddeok Guk recipe that will help you look forward to 2016 in the most delicious way possible:



  • 1 pound sliced ddeok rice cakes (or homemade) soaked in cold water for 30 minutes and drained
  • 7 cups water
  • ½ pound beef (flank steak or brisket), chopped into small pieces
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • dae-palarge green onions (or 3 green onions), washed and sliced  thinly and diagonally.
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce(or soup soy sauce to your taste)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 sheet of gim (black seaweed paper)
  • 1 red pepper (optional), chopped
  • salt


Make one today!

1.   Boil water in a pot for approximately 15 minutes.
2.   Put in the garlic and the beef in the boiling water and wait for around 25 minutes until you get a savory broth.
3.   Get a sheet of gim and heat both sides until they become crispy. Crush the black seaweed paper using your hands after putting it in a plastic bag.
4.   Separate the whites and yolks of the eggs and put them into two bowls. Add some salt and slice off the strings.
5.   Add and evenly distribute the oil to a non-stick pan.
6.   Turn off the heat. Pour the egg yolk mixture into the pan, spread the mixture evenly, and flip so that both sides will be cooked evenly. Once cooked, slice the egg into thin strips.


Put the rice cake, green onion, fish sauce, and salt to the boiling soup for around 8 minutes until the rice cakes float. Don’t forget to stir. The egg whites should also be put in for around a minute until it gets cooked. Afterwards, add the green onion, black pepper and sesame oil to taste. Stir properly and then they’re ready! Feel free to add some garnishing such as seaweeds, egg strips, and onions among others. Kimchi also goes well with this dish!

We are certain that you’ll be more ready to embrace 2016 once you get a taste of Korean Ddeok Guk.

What about you – do you have any favorite Ddeok Guk or other New Year’s Korean food recipes to share?