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Going to a fancy Korean BBQ with my clients...anyone have suggestions on what to eat!?!?


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Going to a fancy Korean BBQ with my clients...anyone have suggestions on what to eat!?!?

If I stick to salad and maybe just some unseasoned meats? Not sure what sauces and oils they traditionally cook with. 

 

Can anyone familiar with Korean cooking methods and ingredients gelp out!?

 

Thanks,

Ryan

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Your best bet would be to find out what restaurant and then call them or go there if it's convenient and ask.  I'm sure that there are people familiar with Korean cooking methods but every restaurant and chef does things differently so you'll have to check with them anyway... 

My experience with Korean BBQ is that the sauces and meats and veggies are served separately to the table and then grilled on the tabletop/side grill, but that's only the place I"ve been to... if you're going to order dishes off the menu instead of hibachi, then you'd have a whole host of things to ask about.  You can google 'whole30 guide to dining out' and there's a pdf that will help you with the questions you need to ask as well as what to look for... hope that helps :)

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korean restaurant food is really different from home made korean food. my biggest worry would be sugar. there is sugar in almost. every. dish at a korean restaurant. all the little banchan - the tiny dishes of prepared vegetables most of them will have sugar. the red hot pepper based sauce will have sugar, so do all of the marinades for the meats that go on the grill. 

I would look for the non-marinated thinly sliced beef or sliced pork belly.  Or your restaurant might offer another cut called cha-dol-bae-gi which is basically steak cubes, but non-marinated. the dipping "sauce" for these will be a mixture of salt, pepper, and sesame oil (which is allowed). So that would be my best bet. You might be able to find some kim chi that normally doesn't use sugar, so that would work. wrap meats in lettuce, add peppers,  and a scallion salad.  you can always ask for raw cucumbers.  if you see a cucumber salad, it probably has sugar.

One thing you might find is an egg in a hot stone pot dish called gae ran jim.  It is a softly whipped up egg dish that should be compliant.  I hope this helps. 

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one more thing: you might be able to find a pork dish called bo ssam. It is basically either a boiled or roasted pork shoulder, sliced, served cold or room temperature with cabbage wraps, raw oysters in a spicy pepper sauce that shouldn't take sugar, and the condiment you use to wrap is a salted shrimp sauce.  This probably does not sound very appetizing to anyone who hasn't tasted this before, but it is actually crazy good.  Something about the combination of the sweetness of the cabbage, and the surf and turf combo. It's delicious.

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