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Samgyeopsal

A type of Korean bacon that is usually barbaqued.

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Samgyeopsal--The Bacon of Korea!

  • Aug 25, 2011
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Veterans of Korean cuisine probably won't be surprised when I say that Samgyeopsal (삼겹살), a Korean pork, is one of the most popular meats among Koreans and foreigners alike. The word literally means 3 layered flesh, presumably because of the way it looks. For the waygooks living in Korea, samgyeopsal is one of the cheapest and tastiest types of Korean barbeque to be found.

In restaurants, the meat is usually brought to the table raw and diners are expected to cook it on a grill that is placed into a hollow circle in the middle of the table. As it cooks, the ritual of flipping the meat, cutting the long strips into more manageable portions, grilling garlic and onions, and consuming soju is often a must. Diners will usually eat Samgyeopsal with rice, lettuce, a variety of side dishes, and dipping sauces (my favorite being doenjang, which is a sort of chili paste).

Although it tends to be one of the least expensive cuts of meat  in Korea, the flavors of samgyeopsal are robust, and never overwhelming. Unlike with bacon (it's American sister), I've never had samgyeopsal that was too salty or too fatty. It always seems to have the right amount of flavor and tenderness. And judging by how jam packed most sampyeopsal restaurants usually are, most people would agree. 

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August 29, 2011
Mmmmm, you had me at bacon! I don't think I've ever had this cut of meat at a Korean restaurant before, but I want to try! :D
August 30, 2011
Ha! I'm not usually a bacon eater, but there is something about this meat that does it for me. A definite must try!!
 
August 27, 2011
You are both making me hungry! :D
August 29, 2011
Sharrie, I was hungry after I wrote it! Thankfully, I went to a buffet tonight where they were serving this up. Yum!
 
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Quick Tip by . October 05, 2011
posted in The Rice Table
I normally don't eat pork, but samgyeopsal is DELICIOUS! I also love the whole communal bbq style deal that often comes with the cooking and eating of this dish. Awesome!
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