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The Origins of the Korean Barbecue by Korean Tofu House

A Brief Evolution of the Barbecue

Barbecue is both food and a style of cooking food. Either way, it is as old as the Stone Age; must have began when man domesticated fire some half a million years ago. However, grilling food in your backyard happened only fairly recently. Like, well into the 1940s barbecuing can be found in campsites and picnics. But after World War II, it became the rage as the suburbs filled up.

Barbecuing is extremely popular in many cultures, relatively inexpensive, and easy-as-pie to do. Barbeque varies by region in the world and yet it simply involves meat heated indirectly over open flame. A variety of meats can be used – pork, beef, lamb, or chicken, ranging from thin slices to chunks to blocks of meat, and in some places, a whole animal. By itself, the meat is without much flavor, hence, overtime an assortment of sauces, rubs, and other flavorings were added to enhance the taste.

Modern times saw how much more enjoyable barbecue can be in terms of taste depending on the point when the flavorings were added to the meat, the role smoke plays as enhancer, the cooking temperature and cooking time, and even what equipment and fuel are used. The meat may be ground or processed into sausage or kebabs, may be marinated or rubbed with spices before cooking. Sauce or oil is applied before, during or after cooking, or any combination of these.

Asian-style BBQ in UW Korean Restaurant

Americans are born to love barbecue and many flock to Korean Tofu House for the adventure. Many love our beef bulgogi BBQ and spicy pork BBQ. If you are around UW and craving Asian barbecue for a change, a visit to our UW Korean restaurant might just be the adventure you’re looking for.

Bibimbap: A Taste of Korea for First-Timers

If you’ve never had Korean food before, your first visit to our UW Korean restaurant may be a daunting affair.

What are all of these strange, new dishes? Which one should I order? Trying a new dish from a different country or culture may be a little scary at first, but know why Korean food is such a popular trend.

Indeed, the bold flavors of most Korean dishes make for a wildly unfamiliar experience for many Westerners, some of which are a bit of an acquired taste. So, if you’re looking for something easy to start off with, consider a bowl of bibimbap.

Bibimbap is a very important Korean dish, and a common favorite for people experiencing the taste of Korean food for the first time. This dish comes in the form of a bowl of rice topped with gochujang red pepper paste, sesame oil, and an assortment of meats and vegetables. Many varieties also come with a fried egg on tip. These ingredients are all mixed together, the object being to get a bite of everything in every morsel.

It’s a richly flavorful dining experience, yet simultaneously simple enough to be appreciated by even a picky eater. Try it for yourself today at Korean Tofu House!

What is Omega-3?

Since South Korea is surrounded on three sides by ocean, fresh seafood has always featured prominently in Korean food and in their diet. Indeed, this may very well be one of the main reasons that Korea enjoys such a reputation for good health. After all, seafood is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Not everyone loves seafood, but be aware what health benefits you’re missing out on.

These essential fats offer many nutritional benefits, including the following:

  • Omega-3 serves to reduce your levels of triglycerides in your blood. These harmful fats contribute strongly to heart disease.
  • Some studies have suggested that omega-3 can help boost your brain function, possibly helping to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, senility, memory loss, and other disorders associated with advanced age.
  • It has been theorized that omega-3 can reduce the effects of depression, and boost the effects of antidepressants.
  • People with ADHD may be able to reduce their symptoms with a regular diet of omega-3.
  • Since omega-3 is a natural anti-inflammat, it can help with diseases like asthma, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and similar conditions.

To reap the benefits of omega-3, come to our UW Korean restaurant for one of our many delicious seafood-based dishes.