Galbi or kalbi generally refers to a variety of gui or grilled dishes
in Korean cuisine that is made with marinated beef (or pork) short
ribs in a ganjang-based sauce (Korean soy sauce). In the Korean
language, galbi literally means "rib" and can often indicate
uncooked ribs. In addition, the dish's full name is galbi gui,
although "gui" (grilling) is commonly omitted to refer to
The ingredients (often, ribs or meats) are marinated in a sauce made primarily from Korean soy sauce, garlic, and sugar. However, several variations on the marinade exist including recipes that utilize sesame oil, rice wine or hot pepper paste. Fruit juice has become a more common addition to Korean marinades in recent years, and is present in some incarnations of the dish.
Galbi is generally served in restaurants known as "galbi houses", and the meat is cooked right at customers' tables on grills set in the tables (usually by the customers themselves). It is typically served with lettuce, perilla, or other leafy vegetables used to wrap the meat, which is then dipped in ssamjang (쌈장), a sauce made of fermented bean curd and red pepper paste. It is often accompanied by side dishes known as banchan (the most well-known being kimchi).
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