Herb Samgyupsal (Korean Grilled Pork Belly)
Although I accepted samgyupsal (grilled pork belly; aka thick bacon) into my late-night diet of soju and beer outings while living in Seoul, I really didn't have a strong yearning for it when I returned back to the States. One reasoning was that it too closely resembled something that I didn't really care for in the first place--American style bacon. However, it is probably the most popular BBQ dish among Korean males (and foreigners too) who love to combine drink (soju, beer, etc.) and BBQ pork. The wife usually cooks the samgyupsal but I took the reigns today, trying a completely different (and risky) method using herbs and garlic powder for a pre-rub. With good fortune on my side, we found ourselves a new and improved samgyupsal recipe that will be a mainstay in our house. Also, we were lucky to find thick strips of pork belly sold at the local Whole Foods Market. Who knew Americans were into samgyupssal?!