Galbitang
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Galbitang - Short Ribs Korean Stew

Korean short ribs are slowly boiled in a broth with Korean radish, onions and spring onions. A delicious hearty soup for the extra cold days.
Course: Medium
Servings: 3 servings

Ingredients

  • Galbi Beef Short Ribs - 1 kg (~2 lbs)
  • Onion - 1/2 a whole
  • Korean radish - 1/4 a whole reference video
  • Spring onion - forearm pieces use both white and green portions
  • Garlic - 10 cloves
  • Water - 8 cups
  • Mirin  or any white cooking wine - 1/3 cup 

Toppings

  • Eggs - 2
  • Dangmyeon noodles Korean Potato Starch Noodles - 1 quarter-sized bundle

Broth Seasoning

  • Soy Sauce - 2 Tablespoons if you have soup soy sauce, even better!
  • Minced garlic - 1 Tablespoon
  • Salt - 2 teaspoons add more if needed
  • Black pepper - few shakes

Dipping Sauce for Galbi pieces (Optional)

  • Soy Sauce - 1 Tablespoon
  • Vinegar - 1 teaspoon apple cider, white, rice vinegar all ok!
  • Sesame seeds - few shakes optional

Instructions

Galbi and Veggie Prep

  • Take out a large mixing bowl. Put galbi pieces in. Then fill the bowl with cold water. Let the pieces soak for at least 2 hours. (If you are not in a rush, let it sit for 4-6 hours.) Drain and rinse each piece under cold water.
  • Then take out a large pot and place the galbi pieces in. Put enough water to cover the pieces. Bring the pot up to a boil. Once it is boiling, reduce the heat to a medium-low. Let it gently boil for 5 minutes. Drain the galbi pieces and give another rinse under cold water.
  • Cut a section of the Korean radish (reference video for measurements) and peel it. Then peel the skin off the onion. Cut spring onion into the right size. Also pick out 10 garlic cloves.

Boil Stew

  • Take out your biggest pot (enough to comfortably fit in >8 cups of water). Place in the galbi pieces on the bottom. Then place in the onion, Korean radish, and garlic cloves. Fill the pot with 8 cups of water. Finally, place in mirin (or white wine).
  • Bring the large pot up to a boil on high heat. Once it is boiling, reduce the heat to a medium-low. (Note: double check that you have a gentle simmer - we don't want a roaring boil!). Then put the lid-on on the pot. Let the pot gently simmer for a total of 1 hour. However, set a timer for 30 minutes. 
  • After 30 minutes, take off the lid. Then take out the Korean radish piece only. Let it cool down. Then chop the radish into small bite-sized pieces. Set aside for later.
  • Put the lid back on the pot and let the rest boil for the final 30 minutes. 

Topping Prep

  • While you wait on the last 30 minutes, we will create a few toppings. The first is the egg strips. Take out two small bowls. Crack both eggs and separate the egg yolks. Whisk both the egg whites and egg yolks.
  • Take out a frying pan. Put it on a low heat. Put some oil in. Then once it is hot, pour the egg white in and make a mini egg patty. Set aside on your cutting board. Then repeat for the egg-yolks. When both patties have cooled down, cut each into long-thin strips. Set aside.
  • Next, we will prep the dangmyeon noodles: Fill a mixing bowl with cold water. Grab a quarter-sized bundle of noodles (~1 serving). Place it in the water. Let it soak in the water until broth is finished.

Finish Stew

  • After 1 hour of boiling, take the lid off the pot. Pick out all of the remaining vegetables: onion, spring onion and garlic pieces.
  • Then use a soup ladle to skim the oil off the top of the broth. 
  • Take a sip of the soup - as its good to know what the unseasoned broth tastes like. Then season the soup: place in soy sauce, minced garlic, salt and black pepper. You can add more later if you want.
  • Add the diced Korean radish pieces back into the soup.
  • Put the lid back on the soup and let it cook for a final 10 minutes. The seasoning and soup will come together. After 10 minutes, turn off the heat.

Serve Soup

  • If you will not eat the whole pot (~3 servings) in one setting, I would advise to make individual servings. Take out a small pot. Then drain the soaked dangmeyon noodles and add a small handful of it into the pot. Then place-in three short ribs. Add in a few ladles of the soup - make sure to get some of the radish pieces as well. 
  • Bring the individual up to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes or until the dangmeyon noodles turn soft. Turn off the heat. Pour into a bowl.
  • Garnish with egg strips and spring onions. Now, take a sip of the soup. If it tastes slightly bland, feel free to add a few shakes of salt (or dash of soy sauce).
  • You can also make a dipping sauce for the short ribs. Simply mix soy sauce, vinegar and sesame seeds together. Bon Appetite!

Notes

  • Eat with a bowl of hot rice
  • If you have soup soy sauce, use that. It is slightly saltier and lighter in color. Makes for a clearer broth.
  • See video for more details