Korean barbecue

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Korean name
Hangul 고기구이
Hanja n/a
Revised Romanization gogigui
McCune–Reischauer kogikui
Sutbul (embers of charcoal) for barbecue

The term Korean barbecue or Gogi-gui (meat roast) in Korean refers to the "Korean" method of roasting meat, typically beef, pork, or chicken. Such dishes are often prepared at the diner table on gas or charcoal grills, built into the table itself. Some Korean restaurants that do not have built-in grills provide customers with portable stoves for diners to use at their tables.

The most representative form of gogigui is Bulgogi, usually made from thinly sliced marinated beef sirloin or tenderloin. Another popular form is Galbi, made from marinated beef short ribs.[1] However, gogigui also includes many other kinds of marinated and unmarinated meat dishes, and can be divided into several categories. Korean barbecue is popular among Koreans, but has also gained popularity worldwide.

Koreans enjoying grilled meat and alcohol in the 18th century


Galbi cooking
Fresh cut loins and boneless ribs
Meat Marinated Unmarinated
  • Dak gui (닭구이)

Marinated gogigui[edit]

Marinated boneless galbi
Korean barbecue

Bulgogi is the most popular variety of Korean barbecue. Before cooking, the meat is marinated with a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, garlic, and pepper. It is traditionally cooked using gridirons or perforated dome griddles that sit on braziers, but pan cooking has become common as well.

Galbi is made with beef short ribs, marinated in a sauce that may contain soy sauce, water, garlic, sugar, and sliced onions. It is believed to taste best when grilled with charcoal or soot (, burned wood chips).

Jumulleok is short steak marinated with sesame oil, salt, and pepper. It is almost similar to unmarinated gogigui and one thing that distinguishes it from other kinds is its steak-like juicy texture. Spicy pork daeji bulgogi is also a popular gogigui dish. It is different from beef bulgogi in that the marinade is not soy sauce-based, but instead, is marinated in sauces based on gochujang and/or gochu garu (Korean chili powder).

Unmarinated gogigui[edit]

Galbisal, boneless ribs before cooking
Barbecued Galbisal after cooking

Chadolbegi is a dish made from thinly sliced beef brisket, which is not marinated. It is so thin that it cooks nearly instantly as soon as it is dropped onto a heated pan.

Samgyeopsal comprises of thicker strips of unsalted pork belly. It has fatty areas and is tender. In Korea, Samgyeopsal is eaten more frequently than Chadolbegi due to the comparatively lower price of pork.

Also, loins (deungshim, 등심) and boneless ribs (갈비살) are a popular choice for an unmarinated type of gogigui.

Side dishes served with gogigui[edit]

A side dish of pajeori (파절이), green onion salad

Gogigui comes with various Banchan (side dishes). A green onion salad called pajeori and a fresh vegetable dish including lettuce, cucumbers, and peppers invariably accompany the meat dishes at restaurants. A popular way of eating Korean barbecue is to wrap the meat with lettuce and add condiments such as - pajoeri (spicy scallion salad) and Ssamjang (a spicy paste made of Doenjang mixed with Gochujang).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Although beef galbi is the most common form of galbi, it may also be made from pork ribs or chicken.

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