Before K-Wave took hold of the world, a regular Singaporean's exposure to Korean BBQ may have been limited to Seoul Garden or small eateries you know through the grapevine. These days, however, are a different story, as we are spoilt with choices from chain eateries to new Korean restaurants opening every month and butcheries serving gourmet cuts popping up.
But like chilli crab, sometimes you want to eat it in the comfort of your own home. Comparatively, the cost is lower, and you can organise multiple dinners with like-minded friends who love KBBQ, perhaps over K-drama watch parties. And imagine, KBBQ anytime you want it!
With this guide, you'll find a checklist of everything you need to host a successful Korean BBQ home party.
Before we start, here are some general safety tips to ensure your home KBBQ experience goes without hiccups.
Keep your grill clean, and change the foil at least one to two times to avoid a large fire.
Don't let children or pets near the grill.
Don't put the grill under overhanging home decor or near curtains.
Don't leave the grill unattended!
Now that we have gotten that out of the way, here is everything you need to prepare a Korean BBQ at home that you can get from Amazon. Wait until Prime Day, 11-12 July to check out for the best deals!
Of course, KBBQ isn't one without the grill. For most of us staying in an apartment, a smokeless grill is the way to minimise the smoke and save our clothes from smelling like BBQ meat for the next few days.
A popular tried-and-tested smokeless grill is KITH Smokeless Indoor BBQ Grill, but you might also want to check out alternatives such as Iwatani Smokeless Korean Barbecue Grill and Indoor Grill Electric Grill Griddle CUSIMAX.
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Dedicated Korean meat butcher in Singapore such as The Butcher Dining or Jun's Butchery are where you can treat yourself with marinated meats. Alternatively, shop online and find the best deals for yourself!
Banchan, or side dishes
The meat is the main character, but what's a show without supporting characters? Our favourite banchan comes in many forms, but some to consider are:
Kimchi: The standard baechu kimchi (napa cabbage), kkakdugi (cubed radish/daikon) and oi sobagi (cucumber) is always a good choice.
Eggs: Nobody, I repeat, nobody can hate all three of these: gyeran jangjorim (soy marinated eggs), gyeran mari (Rolled omelette) and gyeranjjim (steamed eggs).
Gim/Seaweed: Seasoned seaweed salads made with doljaban muchim (roasted seaweed), miyeok julgi bokkeum (seaweed stems), and even dried ones.
Gamja/Potatoes: All things potato: gamja saelleodeu (potato salad), gamja jorim (sweet and savoury braised potatoes), and gamja bokkeum (sticky soy glazed potatoes).
Don't forget a healthy serving of lettuce and perilla to make it a balanced meal!
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