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I noticed the LA galbi/kalbi and other Kbbq recipes online call for pears and kiwis but I have never found out what marinade this one is. It seems more savory. It is often seen in most Kbbq restaurants.
the pictures are here:
p.s. – it is not just soy sauce
Usually beef is marinaded in something sweet. The pear, apple or kiwi is used to tenderize the beef and add a bit of sweet.
Most pork marinade that I have seen have been spicy. But the photos you show don’t really seam spicy. I have not seen this style of marinaded pork but it looks interesting.
Restaurants seem to use that kind of sauce especially on pork belly, and the pork is submerged in the sauce right before grilling rather than marinating for a long period. From what I can gather, it basically tastes like bulgogi marinade, but a little less concentrated in the soy/sugar department, and with more garlic and ginger added. I’m thinking restaurants put a bit of MSG to give it that savory flavor, but perhaps a few splashes of fish sauce can be used as a substitute. Just my 2 cents.
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