LA Galbi

Have you ever tried Korean food?

Recently, I was so homesick for my country, so I wanted to go back my house. Also, I miss my family and my cat, but I can’t go there because an airline ticket is expensive, and I don’t have enough time. Therefore, I wanted to eat some Korean food, and my friends proposed to cook LA Galbi to me. I think that the recipe is very difficult and complicate, so I didn’t want to cook it. However, my friends wanted to eat the menu because it is a popular Korean dish, so  I cooked LA Galbi.


(I cooked LA Galbi for my friends and me)

I don’t know why so many people call LA Galbi, so I found the information about the name. But I couldn’t find exactly reasons. Anyway, basically, the menu need ribs because Galbi means ribs. Also, the recipe’source is composed soy source, garlic, onion, and a lot seasoning. It is not a easy and quick recipe, but I want to introduce the recipe below the posting.


( If you like to eat vegetable, you can eat with other a carrot, cucumber, lettuce, and so on.)


  • 3.5 LB (1.5 kg) of LA style beef short ribs
  • soy sauce
  • water
  • honey
  • garlic
  • onion
  • ginger
  • pear
  • sesame oil
  • sesame seeds
  • black ground pepper
  • soybean paste
  • hot pepper paste
  • green onions
  • lettuce
  • perilla leaves
  • green chili pepper
  • cucumber
  • carrot


  1. Trim excess fat from the short ribs and rinse a couple times in cold water.
  2. Soak the ribs in cold water for 10-20 minutes to remove the blood.

Make marinade:

  1. In a large bowl, add ⅓ cup soy sauce, ⅓ cup water or cooking wine, ¼ cup honey (or ⅓ cup brown sugar), and 1 ts ground black pepper.
  2. Blend 1 Korean pear (about 2 cups’ worth), 8 cloves of garlic, 1 medium onion, and 1 ts of chopped ginger until it turns into a white creamy liquid.
  3. Add it to your soy sauce base and add 2 tbs sesame oil.
    *tip: If you can’t find a Korean pear, use 2 ripe bosc pears. I sometimes use bosc pears and they work well. 
  4. Rinse the short ribs in fresh cold water a couple more times to remove any remaining bone fragments. Drain the water.
  5. Add the ribs to the marinade and mix it well, by hand.
  6. Keep it in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Overnight is better, but an hour is ok if you are short of time.

Let’s cook and eat!

  1. Grill, pan fry, or BBQ the ribs. The LA style cut is thin, so they’re cooked much faster than usual ribs. It takes only about 5 minutes!
  2. When the both sides are cooked, put them on a serving plate.  Cut the meat part off the bone with scissors into bite sized pieces.
  3. Put a piece of meat on top of a lettuce leaf. Add dipping sauce, garlic, and a piece of green chili pepper. Fold it over into a small package, and pop it into your mouth in one bite!

Reference List. 


Kim, G. (2010, June 20). LA galbi recipe [Blog post]. Retrieved from Maangchi website:



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