Galbi tacos with roasted corn, yellow tomato and basil “salsa”. I really don’t need to say anything else – you can bow down before me.

Galbi Tacos

Ribs

Galbi (pronounced “kai bee” – Korean for “rib”) are typically marinated and grilled (galbi gui) or braised (galbi jjim). The Buford Highway Farmer’s Market always has beautiful, marbled ribs and I just couldn’t resist.

Marinade

The marinade is simple, and the longer you let it sit, the better (8-12 hours is optimal):

  • 1 cup light soy
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup rice wine
  • 6 or so garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2 tbsp ginger (minced)
  • Black pepper
  • Juice of 1/2 lime (optional – I’ve seen everything from mirin to Sprite added – feel free to play around)

Grill

Slap them on the grill and watch them like a hawk – they cook fast and all of that sugar loves to burn if you don’t watch out. Honestly, the taco part is a bit gratuitous – you’re lucky if you don’t just eat them all as soon as they come off the grill – but in the name of being thorough:

  • 2-3 ears of corn (preferably Silver Queen), roasted in husk on grill
  • 1 tomato, diced (any color will do)
  • ~ 1tbsp chopped basil (grow your own!)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • balsamic or red wine vinegar (to taste – I forgot how much)
  • 1 tbsp honey

Cut kernels from corn (place one end of cob on a large plate or in a wide bowl and run the knife down – minimal escapage of stray kernels that way). Yes, I made up “escapage” – I don’t think it appears in either Larousse or Escoffier…

Blend olive oil, vinegar and honey, then mix with corn, tomatoes and basil.

Enjoy. (I love recipes that end with a presumptive imperative…)

Galbi (pronounced “kai bee” – Korean for “rib”) are typically marinated and grilled (galbi gui) or braised (galbi jjim). The Buford Highway Farmer’s Market always has beautiful, marbled ribs and I just couldn’t resist.

Ribs

3 thoughts on “Galbi Tacos

  1. Yum. Living in the middle of the pairries many miles from anything culturally diverse, I didn’t develop much of a taste for ethnic foods. I just don’t know what to try. But that sure looks yummy! I just today discovered an Italian grocery store in our nearest big city (2 hours away) and if I could I would shop there every week!! Fresh mozzarella, Fresh baked bread, telephone cord’ spaghetti .!!! it was very exciting.

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