Samgyeopsal (삼겹살)


When most people think of Korean food, they think of kimchi and Korean barbecue.  I’ve actually never had Korean barbecue in the states, but somehow I doubt that it compares to what is found in Korea. samgyeopsal-147Today I am going to talk about neither of those delicious foods.  Instead, I will introduce one of my favorite foods in Korea; samgyeopsal (삼겹살)! Samgyeopsal is pork belly; the name literally translates to “three fold flesh” referring to the folds of a large belly.  samgyeopsal-148Samgyeopsal is served raw at a table with a small grill in the center.  Often times the samgyeopsal will come with mushrooms, kimchi, onion, and other fresh or grill-able ingredients. Sometimes the grill is gas powered, sometimes it is coal heated.  In the case of the latter, there will be an exhaust vent directly above the grill to remove any smoke. samgyeopsal-149Usually the samgyeopsal is about the size of very thick bacon.  After it cooks on both sides it is cut and cooks for a short while longer.  samgyeopsal-150It doesn’t take long at all for samgyeopsal to cook.  Along with the meal is the wide array of Korean side dishes.    These include anything from sweet pumpkin to any number of sauces.  samgyeopsal-152Once the meat is cooked it is common to make a small wrap from a piece of lettuce or sesame leaf.  Inside the wrap you can put anything you find at the table (most commonly mushroom, radish, kimchi, or onion).

Later I will tell about a different way to cook samgyeopsal, but for now I will just say that it is a wonderful meal.  The only downsides are that it is a bit greasy, and your clothes may smell like pork belly for a while.

2 thoughts on “Samgyeopsal (삼겹살)

Tell me what you think!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s