2014

[Tasty Road to Korea] 3 Non-spicy Korean Food (2): Korean BBQ

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Motivated by a Korean TV show “TastyRoad” (O’live/ Sat 11pm), “Tasty Road to Korea” will introduce several Korean restaurants with authentic Korean cuisine in Toronto according to certain themes.

The first theme of Tasty Road to Korea was “3 Korean Food to Survive Canadian WInter.” Korean Food is known for its hot and spicy flavor, which can help people in Canada to stay strong in the bone-chilling cold of the winter.

  • Potato Pork Bone Soup: https://korcan50years.com/2014/02/11/tasty-road-to-korea-3-korean-food-to-survive-canadian-winter-1-potato-pork-bone-soup/
  • Soft Tofu Stew: https://korcan50years.com/2014/02/11/tasty-road-to-korea-3-korean-food-to-survive-canadian-winter-2-soft-tofu-stew/
  • Army Stew: https://korcan50years.com/2014/03/26/tasty-road-to-korea-3-korean-food-to-survive-canadian-winter-3-army-stew/

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The second theme of Tasty Road to Korea is “3 Non- spicy Korean Food.”  The general impression of the Korean food is “spicy” due to its red color. It is true that there are many spicy Korean food, but also there are many non-spicy Korean food you can try. The first non-spicy food I introduced last time was “Handmade Chopped Noodles (Kalguksu 칼국수).” The second non-spicy food I will introduce today is “Korean BBQ.”

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Korean BBQ is already well-known to non-Korean people. Here in Toronto, there are so many Korean BBQ restaurants which are always crowded. Some of them are similar to those in Korea, but some are exotic to me. For example, I visited one Korean BBQ place which roasts not only fork and beef, which are two most common meat to be served in Korea, but also squid and other fish over a hot grill. It was really interesting ‘Korean’ BBQ experience to me.

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So I want to introduce an authentic Korean BBQ restaurant “Piggy’s Restaurant (돼지야 돼지야)” on 5 Glen Cameron Rd, Thornhill. Not only the food (the way to roast meat on a hot grill, side-dishes etc) but also the interior of the restaurant made me feel like I was in Korea.

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One of the characteristics of Korean BBQ is that long slices of either pork or beef are put on a hot grill and are cut after they are properly cooked. Usually, a person near the hot grill becomes a cutter. The reason why a hot grill itself is slightly tilted is one side is to flow oil coming out from meat.  And we roast not only pork or beef, but also Kimchi, mushroom and garlic on a hot grill to eat together.

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The best part of Korean food is a variety of side-dishes coming along a main dish. Here are the side-dishes we were served (and commonly served in Korea) in this restaurant. Fresh lettuce leaves, pink-color salted radish or onion and ssamjang(쌈장; a processed soybean paste mixed with red chili paste) to be wrapped altogether with meat, two kinds of salad (one is the common one in Canada and the other one is seasoned lettuce leaves salad), Korean pancake, Doenjang-guk(된장국; Soybean Paste Soup), rice etc.

Hesitant to try Korean food because of its spicy flavor? How about trying Korean BBQ? Not only BBQ, you will be able to experience a variety in Taste of Korea!

(This is the video of Korean BBQ in Piggy’s Restaurant ▼)

The image of the word “SPICY” from: http://thumbs.dreamstime.com/z/red-spicy-chillies-19485582.jpg

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