A spicy stir-fried hen dish made with boneless hen items, rice truffles (tteokbokki tteok), inexperienced cabbage, candy potato, and different greens. It’s a restaurant favourite in Korea that you would be able to simply recreate at house!
Dakgalbi (닭갈비), or dak galbi, is a spicy stir-fried hen dish made with boneless hen items, rice truffles (tteokbokki tteok, 떡볶이떡), and a few greens. Dak means hen, and galbi means ribs. However, there aren’t any ribs on this dish. Again within the day, pork ribs (dweji galbi) had been too costly for on a regular basis grilling, so a restaurant prepare dinner created a equally flavored dish with hen as a substitute and known as it dakgalbi.
This spicy hen dish originated in Chuncheon (춘천), a metropolis in Gangwon Province (강원도), within the 1960’s, therefore the dish is also called Chuncheon dakgalbi. Throughout one in every of my journeys to Korea, I took a day journey to Chuncheon with a few associates. I at all times liked this dish I had in Seoul, however I needed to expertise the dish the place it was born.
Chuncheon is a small metropolis which is about an hour driving distance from Seoul. It’s a gorgeous metropolis with mountains and lakes and quite a few dakgalbi eating places. We went to the well-known dakgalbi alley with a excessive focus of eating places. We picked the one which seemed busy from the skin. It was previous lunch time, however the place was nonetheless bustling.
How is it served?
The Chuncheon restaurant we visited had every desk geared up with a gasoline range and a big spherical grill pan, which is fairly customary at typical dakgalbi eating places. We ordered 3 servings. Shortly after, the waitress introduced out a tray filled with purple spicy marinated hen, freshly reduce cabbage, candy potatoes, and rice truffles. She then dumped every part on to the pan that was being preheated in the midst of the desk. The hen began to sizzle instantly, and the odor was unimaginable. We needed to patiently look forward to every part to be cooked by, stirring often.
This restaurant expertise can simply be recreated at house with a big skillet and a conveyable gasoline range.
When the rice truffles and candy potato items flip tender, the hen can also be prepared. Dakgalbi is normally served with some lettuce leaves and ssamjang. Get pleasure from it wrapped in lettuce and/or perilla leaves with a dollop of ssamjang. Scrumptious!!
Usually, dak galbi isn’t served with rice, however it’s customary to combine in some rice into the leftovers on the finish to make fried rice. At eating places, you must order the rice individually to do that. However, it’s a should to strive!
Hen: I normally use boneless hen thighs, however de-boned hen leg meat can also be generally used for this dish. Darkish meat works finest for this recipe, however you may definitely use hen breast if most well-liked.
Rice truffles: Tteokbokki (spicy stir-fried rice cake) tteok makes this dish very filling and comforting.
Greens: The basic greens for this dish embrace inexperienced cabbage, goguma (고구마, Korean candy potato), kkaennip (깻잎, perilla leaves), and scallions. You possibly can substitute Korean candy potato with different white or orange candy potato or common potato.
Dakgalbi sauce: The sauce is made with just a few fundamental Korean staples, comparable to gochugaru, gochujang, soy sauce, rice wine, sugar, garlic, ginger, and so on. It additionally accommodates Korean curry powder, which is a powder type of curry sauce combine for curry rice, provides a definite layer of taste and a umami enhance.
How one can make dakgalbi
After getting the hen and greens reduce up, this dakgalbi recipe comes collectively in a short time. Marinate the hen within the spicy sauce. Reserve some sauce when you’re going to make fried rice on the finish.
Then, you simply prepare dinner every part up, besides perilla leaves and scallions, for a couple of minutes, stirring often. Decrease the warmth if the elements (particularly the rice truffles) keep on with the pan and brown too quick. The steam from the greens ought to maintain them from sticking to the pan, however you can too add a bit of little bit of water if it will get too dry.
Lastly, add the kkaennip and scallion and prepare dinner for one more 3 to 4 minutes till the rice cake and the candy potato items flip smooth. By then the hen ought to be cooked by as effectively.
To make non-obligatory fried rice, add the rice to the pan together with the reserved sauce and sesame oil. Stir consistently till every part is effectively integrated and the clumped up rice is damaged up, about 5 minutes. Scrape up the flavorful brown bits from the pan whereas stirring. Combine within the teared or crumbled gim (dried seaweed sheet), sesame seeds and a drizzle of sesame oil.
Nowadays, cheese dakgalbi is extremely standard. Some restaurant dakgalbi pans in Korea also have a part for cheese. Mozzarella is typical, however you need to use pizza mix or any of your favourite cheeses. Use as a lot as you need! If utilizing, add it with 2 to three minutes remaining on the finish.
Dak Galbi (Spicy Stir-fried Hen)
Non-compulsory Fried Rice
Reheat the pan over medium warmth with any leftover hen and greens and 1 tablespoon of sesame oil. Add the rice to the pan together with the reserved sauce. Stir consistently till every part is effectively integrated and the clumped up rice is damaged up, about 5 minutes. You possibly can add a bit of little bit of soy sauce or gochujang when you want extra seasoning. Scrape up the flavorful brown bits from the pan whereas stirring. Tear or crumble the dried seaweed sheet (gim) into small items, and stir into the rice. End off with the sesame seeds and a drizzle of sesame oil if you need.
This dakgalbi recipe was initially posted in November 2014. I’ve up to date it with new pictures, extra info, and minor changes to the recipe.