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Today I’m going to show you how to make Korean beef short ribs soup, called galbitang (갈비탕).
Galbitang is not a light meal – it’s very rich and hearty. If you need to fortify yourself it’s a good choice. I’m going to show you 2 versions: spicy and nonspicy.
When Koreans think about galbitang, they picture the nonspicy version as the quintessential example of the dish. It’s always served with fermented kimchi, which offsets its heaviness. If I don’t have any kimchi, I need to make some before I begin to prepare this dish. I can’t eat galbitang without kimchi.
I first tried the spicy version when I was in university. I went to my best friend’s house in Mokpo and her mom made this for me and her family for breakfast. Mokpo is a harbor city, and so she served it with a full table of sidedishes, many of them made with seafood. Even at that early hour we ate raw fish! It was so delicious!
I had never heard of or seen spicy galbitang before that morning, but the memory of sitting with her whole family around a table full of delicious sidedishes has stayed with me ever since. I miss that food, and I miss that atmosphere. Probably you can think of a similar time in your own life.
Like oxbone soup, galbitang is something you can make ahead of time in large quantities and then put the ingredients together at the last minute and serve.
As I mention in the video, when you’re making a large amount you can put it in the fridge overnight so the fat solidifies at the top of the soup where it can be easily removed. If you’re making just a few servings like I do here, the cheesecloth method works very well.
Extra ingredients needed for the spicy version:
Extra ingredients needed for optional gyerannoreunjajidan (yellow egg paper strips) garnish for the nonspicy version:
Prepare the beef & broth:
For nonspicy Galbitang, prepare the optional gyerannoreunjajidan (yellow egg paper strips):
Put the soup together:
For spicy galbitang:
For nonspicy galbitang:
Posted Friday, March 22nd, 2013 at 6:28 pm
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