A Romantic Korean BBQ

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K and I have started a new tradition, where we go out to eat for Valentine’s Day the week before.  We have tried the past couple of years to go out to eat on Valentine’s Day and we end up just going back home because we could never get into any restaurant.  The restaurants in this city are packed on that day.  Tonight, K took me to a Korean restaurant where we had Korean BBQ together for the first time.  We ordered the short ribs (galbi).

Korean restaurants in our area are never cheap.  I guess we’ve been in the broke college student mindset for so long that we never broke down and tried it before.  We finally realized that we are now a little less-than-broke adults and just went for it.  The BBQ was some of the best Korean food I’ve ever had.  It’s worth every dollar!  I loved all the ban-chan (side dishes), but the meat was something else entirely.  It’s my new favorite food.  Not to mention, it was more of an experience than anything.  It’s a fun way to interact and eat at the same time.  The mood was very relaxed and it’s neat being able to have the food cooking right there in front of you.

I was struggling a bit with myself. I didn’t want to touch the lettuce to wrap the galbi in and I did it once, but then decided against it for the rest of the meal.  Turns out the meat was better without the lettuce, for me anyway 🙂  I really dislike eating with my hands, but you probably all know that.

All in all, it was a great night.  Even though we smelled like a BBQ pit, we had a lovely time together.

Have a great Friday!


50 thoughts on “A Romantic Korean BBQ

  1. maybe you should think of buying your own bbq? we got it in one of the korean malls (although in a Chinese mall we found out later it was little bit cheaper) and finally it’s worth to eat a bbq! in Bay area it’s so expensive, all you can eat for 20. I paid around 35 for a whole grill haha 🙂

    1. oh that’s a good idea and $35 is not bad at all. We have H-Mart near here and I think they probably have something. It can be made on a regular grill, but it just wouldn’t be the same 😀

  2. I’m so glad you did that, and did something you were uncomfortable with, and came away enjoying yourself and relaxed.

    Valentine’s Day is so overrated. If people can’t be good to each other year-round, one day a year doesn’t mean diddly squat. It makes me ill seeing men buying flowers, perfume, lingerie, jewelry, and chocolate at the very last second. For me, that’s the easy way out. One year I saw a guy in Victoria’s Secret and right after that, he went next door to Coach. Either he was over-compensating or he was in a lot of trouble with his girlfriend/wife! LOL.

    I’m glad you enjoyed the food. Just hearing about BBQ makes my mouth water. 🙂 YUM!

    1. That is exactly how I feel about it all. It makes me sick to see people grudgingly buying into the holiday. It literally is an excuse for companies just to make money. I never expect K to get me anything and feel sorry for people who feel like they do. I always felt our love was bigger than the holiday 🙂

      1. I think, as you get older, it’s less of a big “to do”. I know some people who love it and others who, like you, would rather celebrate in advance of the day, so they can enjoy a great meal. I usually cook something nice or order in, depending on who I am sharing the day with. If it’s just me and my girls, that’s totally cool. If I’m in a relationship (which I wasn’t last year), then it depends on the guy and what he does for a living. Not every guy gets Valentine’s Day off, many of them have to work that night, so it’s less about the holiday aspect and more about how much a person cares for you year-round. I’d rather a person take care of me emotionally than bring me flowers, but I’ve also got a horrible aversion to roses from previously bad relationships, so I think that has a lot to do with it too. Gifts are sweet, but they don’t have to be insane.

  3. The Koreans grab the lettuce with chopsticks, put the meat and other ban chan inside and then do a slick maneuver to wrap and eat it with chopsticks. You could practice! 🙂

  4. That’s so clever!! It’s always so crazy trying to find a place to eat on Valentine’s day (not to mention they hike prices up). I think Kris and I are going to be celebrating the day after because of my work schedule and his study commitments, but I’m kind of looking forward to taking some of the pressure off the actual day, if that makes any sense?
    Thanks for sharing what looks like an amazing date 🙂

    1. So true! It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, V-Day is always crowded! We’ve totally given up on going out, even if it is just an excuse to not cook for a night. We just take that excuse and move it to another day 🙂 Hope you guys have a great valentine’s day!

  5. Korean BBQ is probably one of my most favorite foods! is so delicious and fun! and you have so many banchan!
    and you pretty much get to cook yourself 8D
    i’m usually the one in charge of the “grilling” since my friends know i don’t like people touching my food! lol or sharing food =P
    so i get to pick my share hahahaha
    glad you guys had fun!

  6. I live near a lot of Korean markets and love the food. It has become an acquired taste but now I’m hooked. Your table assortment looks Awesome!

  7. Gr8 idea. I think we could extend this principle and make up our own special days. Today is ‘international social media aha moments’ day – one of the many days when I learnt something useful from my interactions via social media. I am celebrating by letting my wife cook a fantastic meal for me and the family and a special friend. Tomorrow is international trumpet day, the day when I start teaching my son how to pay the trumpet. We are going for a coffee to celebrate. Tuesday is Roger Casement day, the day when I am going to float the idea that Roger Casement should be remembered as one of the great humanitarians of the Western world rather than as a ‘traitor’. I am going to drink Irish stout and ‘phone my sister to celebrate. Wednesday is my Pooh Bear ‘unbirthday’ and I am hoping everyone will send me large cash-based unbirthday presents so I can take a bunch of kids to Chile to look at stars in the Atacama desert. Who needs public holidays and consumer society oriented nonsense like ‘Valentine’s day’ when we can make up our own special days every day of the year? Maybe we could make Valentine’s day every other day of the year but without the cheesy roses? End of rambling response to your intelligent post.

    1. so very true! It’s such a commercialized holiday that it doesn’t really hold meaning for K and I at all. We show our love to each other every day and being forced to buy things for each other or make cheesy gestures ruins it for us. We use it as an excuse to eat a fancy meal and to not have to cook for a night! i totally agree with you, everyday can be a special holiday if we want it to be. I love the idea.

  8. I adore Korean BBQ! Grew up with it. Even the smell is tantalizing. I haven’t yet met a person who disliked their experience with Korean BBQ.

    Maybe when you become richer you will have enough money to bribe the lines in restaurants, on Valentine’s Day. 🙂

    1. The smell is incredible! It’s such a fun experience and just great food all around. It’s much funner to share with K since he is Korean and can explain what everything is for and how to eat it and what not 🙂

    1. I am very lucky, thank you 🙂 I live in a small town, but it’s very diverse. You can find authentic food from all over the world. The most unique restaurant we have is a Tibetan restaurant. The owner is the Dalai Lama’s brother 🙂

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