Dak-galbi(spicy stir-fried chicken) is a dish all can enjoy. This is what makes the dish more charming. The dish is served on a big round iron plate on which chicken and an assortment of vegetables are all ready to be cooked over heat. And all you have to do is move your chopsticks faster to enjoy a perfect combination of soft meat, crispy vegetables, and sweet and spicy sauce. All ingredients including chicken and vegetables are cooked as a whole on the one iron plate with the least nutritional loss. In addition to the ingredients, you can add what you want to add according to your taste. You can add ramen(instant noodles), jjolmyeon(chewy noodles), and udon noodles, and other ingredients such as tteok(rice cake) and cheese. When you almost finish dak-galbi, you can also enjoy bokkeum-bap(fried rice) to boot. It is made over the iron plate with the remaining sauce and rice.
#Main Ingredients(four servings): 480g chicken(drumstick), 120g rice cake bars, 90g sweet potato, 4 cabbage leaves, 60g carrot, 12 cloves of garlic(60g), 3/4 onions(150g), 1 green onion, 3 tbsp cooking oil
#Sub-ingredients: 4 tbsp gochujang(red pepper paste), 2 tbsp gochugaru(dried red pepper powder), 1 tbsp curry powder, 2 tbsp ganjang(soy sauce), 2 tbsp starch syrup, 2 tbsp cheongju(refined rice wine), 1 cup onion juice, 1 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp minced garlic, 1 tbsp ginger juice, 1 tbsp sesame salt, 1 tbsp sesame oil, ground pepper
After finishing dak-galbi, you can enjoy bokkeum-bap by mixing minced vegetables and rice with the leftover and stir-frying the mixture with an addition of gim-garu(dried seaweed flakes) and sesame oil. The taste of bokkeum-bap is second to none.
#Chuncheon Dak-galbi, A Byword for Dak-galbi
Chuncheon in Gangwon-do is considered by many the home of dak-galbi. Korean people may automatically associate the region with dak-galbi. There are famous alleys in Chuncheon that serve this signature dish, and one of them is Myeong-dong Dak-galbi Alley. This renowned alley has 50 years of history, and is lined with dozens of dak-galbi restaurants. They serve original type dak-galbi which is roasted on a gridiron, in addition to the general type dak-galbi that is stir-fried on an iron plate. What's more, Chuncheon holds a dak-galbi festival every summer. This year, the festival is scheduled to be held for six days from May 19 to 24. So, when you visit Chuncheon around the period of this festival, you can enjoy dak-galbi at reduced prices, and various attractions there to boot.
#Makguksu, A Best Buddy of Dak-galbi
Makguksu(buckwheat noodles) is another signature food of Chuncheon, together with dak-galbi. The dish is named after its simple cooking process without using other ingredients, and it is indicated in the start letter ‘mak’ which means in English ‘just,’ ‘simply,’ or ‘randomly.’ Makguksu is made by putting buckwheat noodles into cold chicken broth. It is a cold dish that can cool off the heat in the summer. It can also add a refreshing and clean taste when it is eaten along with spicy dak-galbi. What's more, it is quite digestible because its main ingredient, buckwheat, is free of gluten, and can thus be a wonderful dish for those who are reluctant to have flour-based foods due to their poor digestive systems.