Irresistible Korean-Style BBQ You'll Want to Eat All Summer
Chef Sohui Kim & Her Take on Korean-American BBQ Fusion
Sohui—restaurant owner and author of the Good Fork Cookbook and the forthcoming Korean Home Cooking—lived the first decade of her life in Korea, a picky eater surrounded by delicious food that she still remembers. When her family moved to America, she and her brother went crazy over pizza and hamburgers (each gaining 10 pounds their first year here) while her dad opened a produce market with some fellow Korean immigrants. Working by his side, Sohui learned all about fruits and veggies she’d never seen before. Her hardworking father had hoped she’d go to law school after college, but Sohui followed her heart to cooking school, then various restaurant kitchens, where she perfected her skills and refined the homey, comforting food she describes as “influenced by everything” she’s ever known, tasted and liked. Her Brooklyn backyard, a frequent gathering spot for friends, is the perfect place for the mom of two to infuse traditional Korean flavors into classic American cookout fare: chicken and ribs.
Charred Summer Squash and Zucchini Salad
Grilled Eggplant and Peppers with Soy and Sesame
Instead of defaulting to the usual cool, crisp green salad, try grilled veggies with bold dressings. Even the eggplant-averse
will get on board with this savory, spicy side dish.
Tip: Japanese eggplants, while purple like their Italian counterparts, are skinnier, thinner-skinned and sweeter.
Grilled Romaine with Korean Dressing
Tip: Briefly grilling lettuce varies its texture and adds flavor for a more interesting side dish.
Gochujang-Glazed Spare Ribs
Tip: Korean-style ribs are pretty similar to traditional baby backs, but with a little more heat from the chile paste.
Spicy Chicken Stew
- Pop this pot of stew right on your grill and cook as if it were on a stovetop burner.
- Two Korean must-haves: gochugaru (ground red chile flakes) and gochujang (red chile paste). Both products give finished dishes a fiery yet slightly sweet punch.
- If you don’t have a Korean green chile, try using 1 serrano or 2 jalapeños.
Hotteok: Korean Dessert Pancakes
Doughnut-like pancakes with gooey brown sugar filling are a great spin on hand pies.