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Cuisines from around the world 2018 – all things Korean!

Wednesday February 28, 2018

Korean dishes like Kimchi (fermented cabbage), Bibimbap (rice mixed with meat and vegetables), Hotteok (filled pancakes) and Gamjatang (pork bone soup) have been on the rise for the past few years. According to data released by casual dining restaurant Win Yip, UK consumers interest in Korean food rose by 32 per cent in 2017.

In 2018, we believe that Korean food will continue its ascent on UK menus, and a key part of its success will be due to the Korean barbeque. The Korean barbeque refers to a popular method in Korean cuisine of cooking a variety of meats, seafood and vegetables on a grill that is built into the dining table.

At an authentic Korean barbeque restaurant, the selection of meats includes; chicken, short rib, beef and pork, all of which are marinated in a traditional sauce. The traditional Korean barbeque marinade called ‘Bulgogi’ (which translates to ‘fire meat’) is made from a mixture of sugar, water, soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil, ginger, pepper and spring onions.

There’s a very social element to Korean barbeque that comes from the interactive experience of cooking food at your table with friends, talking and drinking as you go. The Korean barbeque is a full-on sharing experience, which means your group can enjoy a wide variety of meat and fish and share the cost. An appealing offer for young, cash-strapped diners seeking a plentiful, flavourful meal without a huge bill as a result.

Speaking on the Korean barbeque trend Nicola Knight, Director of Services at food-service sector analyst Horizons says, “Korean barbeque fits nicely with consumers searching for new and exciting ethnic flavours and a love of heat and spice, and it has progressed from being a very niche cuisine to making mainstream menu appearances in pubs and restaurants around the UK.”

If you want to give Korean barbeque a try, these restaurants are worth a visit: Superstar BBQ (St Giles, London), GOGI (Edgware Road, London), Kalbi (Rosebury Court, London) and world famous fine dining restaurant KOBA (Rathbone Street, London).

At KOBA they offer a selection of set menus which include a Korean barbeque selection, a marinade barbeque selection and a seafood barbeque selection. The Korean barbeque selection includes rib eye, beef spare rib, galbi (beef short rib), pork belly, kimchi spiced chicken, prawn, baby octopus and vegetables.

Korean barbeque is not restricted to the restaurant environment, street food vendors, Kimchi Cult, Busan BBQ and Galbi Bros have been creating an on-street buzz for the Korean barbeque, with customers regularly prepared to join a long queue to sample their bulgogi burgers and spicy Korean chicken.

If you are serving Korean barbeque style food in a street food environment, you’ll need some practical packaging options. Luckily, from Bunzl Catering Supplies, there’s an abundance of choice; from plastic plates and bowls to foil containers and paperboard boxes, with and without lids.

An Innovative packaging option that is ideal for serving Korean barbeque is Combione hybrid packaging from our partner supplier Colpac. Combione combines a paperboard base with a plastic lid to create an easy one-piece solution that is both leak-proof, and offers excellent visibility. Combione is available in sizes large (1110ml) and extra-large (1280ml).

Open containers (without a lid) are ideal for barbequed meats such as galbi and spicy chicken. Try our exclusive brand Sustain bagasse trays, made from sugar cane and fully compostable – for your environmentally conscious customers.

To find out more about our Korean barbeque packaging options, please contact your local Bunzl Catering Supplies branch today.

Images sourced from:

Korrito – Korean Street Food