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Korean Barbeque vs. Other Barbeque: What’s the Difference? June 5, 2017

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Korean barbeque is all over social media, and once you try it, you’ll understand why. The marinated meat will become something you crave. But what sets Korean barbeque apart from other styles?

What Distinguishes Korean BBQ

The Meat

barbequeBarbeque, by definition, is cooked long and slow with low heat. Traditional American forms of barbeque are roast pork, ribs, brisket or chicken with either a dry rub or a sauce made of a variety of sweet, tangy, or spicy flavors. Korean varieties are thinly sliced, marinated meat grilled over high heat on a charcoal or gas grill. The meat is seasoned with a savory-sweet marinade of sesame oil, sugar and other ingredients. Traditional Korean barbeque is beef, but many restaurants serve chicken and pork as well.

The Sides

No barbeque is complete without the sides. At an American cookout, you can expect to find plenty of coleslaw, baked beans, corn on the cob, macaroni salad and potato chips. Korean sides include rice, lettuce and mixed banchan, which is assorted vegetables, pickles and kimchi. The traditional way to eat Korean barbeque is by making a lettuce wrap with a bit of rice, some meat, a dipping sauce and your choice of vegetables, pickles or kimchi.  

The Restaurant Experience

At an American restaurant, your food will be prepared in the kitchen and brought to your table. At most Korean barbeque restaurants, your food is prepared at your table! Every table is equipped with a built-in grill or stovetop. Either a member of the wait staff cooks your meal, or, if you’re adventurous, you do the cooking. Whether you’re new to Korean BBQ, or it’s a weekly staple, the dining experience is full of great food in a fun and exciting atmosphere.


Sura Hawaii is Oahu’s destination for Korean food, serving traditional dishes from Bibimbap and kimchi pancakes to more contemporary creations including pork ribs and Korean-style box lunches. Every table has a built-in stovetop so you get the full Korean barbeque experience. Call them today at (808) 941-6678 and visit them online to view their menu.