2.030 Galbi Jjim

-Cycle 2, Item 30-
4 (Fri) February 2011

Galbi Jjim


by my mother-in-law

at my in-laws' home

-Apgujeong, Seoul-

with Wife, Dominic, and the In-Laws

Galbi jjim (갈비찜) is a Korean beef dish.  It's basically beef short ribs slow-braised for a couple hours with a few vegetables, typically mushrooms, carrots, potatoes, and maybe chestnuts, in a sweet soy sauce stock.  As I've discussed many times throughout this blog, "galbi" (갈비) literally means "ribs."  A few days ago, I noted that the term "jjim" (찜) means "steam" but sometimes refers to stir-fries (see 2.027 Nakji-Jjim); here, it refers to braising, which makes the meat fall-off-the-bone tender.  Because of the time involved in making it, and the high cost of beef, the dish is often reserved for special occasions, such as a visit by a treasured son-in-law during the new year holiday. 

After dinner, my mother-in-law commented that I appeared to be getting more accustomed to Korean food, as evidenced by my hearty appetite this evening. I replied that maybe her cooking is just getting better. As a treasured son-in-law, I can get away with snarky quips like that.


  1. I don't think you got away with the snarky comment because you are a treasured son-in-law. I think your in-laws just realized that it will be waste of their time to respond back to your pointless comments.

  2. haha....treasured son in law...i'm still laughing...