Korean Braised Beef Short Ribs
Korean braised beef short ribs is an amazing, rich, traditional food that is easy to make, but time intensive. This dish is still prepared for special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, and celebrations.
Since I am Korean American, my first dish to share will be the ever delicious, intimidating, and a staple in Korean cuisine: Galbi Jjim (갈비찜) – Braised Beef Short Ribs.
In the grand scheme of Korean food history, beef was introduced at a much later date (1700s). Before that, Korea focused on what they were given due to their location. Being a peninsula, they focused more on agriculture and fishing. Also due to their harsh weathers, Koreans focused heavily on fermenting their grains (daen jang – soy paste) and vegetables (Kimchi – fermented vegetables, usually cabbage).
During the reign of Joseon Dynasty, the Korean government began to push the use of beef. However, it wasn’t until the 20th century, where the price was affordable for most people. Therefore, beef was reserved for the upper-class and the royal families.
Galib Jjim is considered a special dish reserved for special occasions, usually served during New Year Day, Thanksgiving, weddings, and birthdays. It is time intensive with many steps, to show that this food was meant for those with prosperity and that it was made with love.
I am not against using new tools and will be using many of them in other dishes, however I wanted to keep with the traditions of this dish. That it was meant to be a labor of love. I want to consider how lucky we are in the accessibility of these ingredients and that it is not reserved just for the upper class anymore.
You will experience an explosion of taste that can only come from the time it took to parboil the beef and vegetables to make the stock. Combining the classic flavors of Korea: ginger, garlic, soy, and coke :) and braising the meat until it reduces into a ridiculously flavorful ooze. Prepare to get a call from your neighbors as the sweet, nutty aroma of this dish will waft into your neighborhood.
As with all posts in The Journey, we create something fun and exciting with the leftovers which you can find them over at Leftovers. For the Galbi Jjim we created Galbi Grilled Cheese Sandwich w/ Jam.
Enough talk, it’s time to feast!
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What: Braised Beef Short Ribs
Who: Traditionally meant for the upper class and royal families
When: Probably was introduced in the 1700s
Why: Influence from China and western trade; For special occasions