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Budget Korean Dinner

I've always been a fan of spice. Be it Indian, Portuguese or hailing from South Korea.

One of the "weird" delicacies I have become quite fond of is kimchi. Korean fermented vegetables. It's tangy, crunchy and most of all, it's spicy.

If you don't live in South Korea (or near Koreatown) then you would probably find kimchi made from napa cabbage in your local Asian market. Of course, if you live in South Africa like myself... particularly in Cape Town, you'd only find kimchi at Korean restaurants. But fear not, I heart kimchi so much that I make kimchi. Although mine is not quite the dazzling specimen it can be.

This post will not be about kimchi though. I have misled you. This post will be about my Sunday dinner, a Korean galbi inspired BBQ. Where kimchi is served.

Usually a dinner out at a Korean galbi place could run us a bill of R400 or more, depending on the amount of kimchi and meat we're in the mood for.

Being the end of the month, both Baboon and I were feeling a bit sorry for our wallets. But we were jonesing for some Korean BBQ. So we did it budget style. At home.

We bought some thinly sliced pork rashers. This was to be our makeshift Samyupsal. And we bought some steak and sliced them up into thin pieces as well. Then our choices of veggies were marrow, mushrooms, onions and butternut which were spiced into thin round discs.

Now we just needed dipping sauce and kimchi. Ground pepper, salt, fresh chillis, sesame oil and hot pepper paste (this you can find at a reputable Asian market) or just make do without.

Then you need a griddle pan to sear the meat and veggies. Leafy greens to wrap your freshly seared food. Pop some chopped garlic, chilli, kimchi and sesame oil on top. And bon appetite!

Dillon Kin

Dillon Kin is the founder of I Live Under a Rock. He writes about travel, life in Cape Town. Dillon is a foodie, coffee snob and photographer.

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