7 Tips to Eat like a Beast at your next KBBQ Feast

7 Tips To Eat Like A Beast At Your Next KBBQ Feast

Be the team "ace" at your next visit to an AYCE (All You Can Eat) KBBQ.

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Like many college students living in Los Angeles, I'm a self-proclaimed Korean BBQ fanatic.

Whether you're a carnivore or not, KBBQ is arguably the best deal (money wise). Pay a flat rate of $18.99 (or $23.99 if you're feeling boujee for Premium) and you get unlimited plates of meat passed your way—not to mention side dishes, cheesy corn, spicy tofu soup, and free rice. You can go to celebrate the new year, a birthday, a first date (now that's an ideal dream date) or hang out with your friends, to pig out and enjoy a few boozy drinks before collapsing in bed from a major case of galbi-induced food coma.

Ever wonder how you could possibly get a better deal out of your money's worth? Here are some of my tips and recommendations to have your most thorough yet enjoying meal.

1. Pass on the rice 

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There's a reason why free bowls of rice are given out to you before you manage to cook your first round of bulgogi—to fill your tummy. A server that keeps refilling your rice knows that you'll be KO-ed after your third round. Not only is rice very inexpensive and easy to serve at restaurants, but it also prevents overly hungry customers from depleting their entire meat arsenal in the kitchen. So the next time you're served rice, set it aside for a while.

2. Avoid starchy banchan items

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Banchan, if you are unfamiliar, is the array of side dishes that are laid out in front of you. Look around and you'll see kimchi, glass noodles, potato salad, macaroni salad, fish cakes, rice paper…..notice a pattern? Starch, gluten, cream, and the usual suspect—rice. Most KBBQ's see the opportunity to exhaust you with an excessive amount of carbs and dairy. Same goes for cheesy corn or cheese fondue. Next time, avoid these items and go for pickled radishes, jalapeños or kimchi to clean your palate and wake up your taste buds

3. Start and end with brisket 

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Brisket is your standard thin-sliced meat option. A perfect way to start your meal, since it's not marinated and you can try out the different sauce options you're offered. Starting with something heavy or overly marinated (I call this an MSG bomb) is a rookie mistake. End with brisket to round out your meal and to avoid running to your fridge in the middle of the night for a liter of water.

Less marinate = Less dehydration.

4) Order several meat selections at once

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One of my personal KBBQ nightmares is to actually run out of things to cook when I'm extremely hungry and the waiters are too busy serving other tables.

So, my advice: Put in an order of three, maybe four different meat selections every time you order. Solves the problem like a charm. Not only will you never run empty-handed during your feast, but you also don't have to flag down someone in the middle of chewing.

5. Go with a large crowd

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Many KBBQ places will have special promotions during sporting games or campus events. Making a large reservation to watch a game will guarantee you better service from waiters and in some cases might help you get a group discount or free item. Just wear your UCLA sweaters and make sure the owner isn't a USC fan.

Case in point: I once went with my extended family (table of 10+) and the manager brought out free chicken wings for our table.

6. Ask for real Sesame Oil

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If you love sesame oil, you will love it on your galbi, guaranteed. Sadly, many KBBQ places dilute their sesame oil with veggie/canola oil to prevent customers from wasting it and also to avoid people from complaining about the strong odor. Next time, ask them to bring out a little dish of sesame oil for you to dip your meat in. It's totally free and for some places, highly recommended.

7. Take advantage of their soup options

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All KBBQ places will let you order either (or both) spicy tofu/kimchi or soybean soup along with a free steamed egg dish they give out. It's included in the regular menu option and commonly ignored. Next time, order these soups when it's time to start on your bowl of rice. It elevates your experience a notch and transitions your meal from stuffing meat in your mouth to fine Korean dining with soup, rice and side dishes.

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Sometimes it's easy for someone to adopt a "me, me, me" attitude. While focusing on oneself, a person may feel nice in the moment, but serving and helping others will bring lasting benefits. While there are many great reasons to serve and help others, there are three universal truths that resonate with volunteers around the globe.

Austin Alexander Burridge's 3 Reasons to Volunteer:

1. Accomplishment

Often, people fall into a trap of focusing on themselves when they are feeling down. Maybe someone did not get a job they wanted. Or perhaps a person gets dumped by an expected lifelong companion. Maybe someone feels they have underachieved after looking at Facebook and seeing great things a high school classmate has accomplished. When feeling down, helping others is a proven way to improve one's mood and attitude, and it can provide a sense of pride and accomplishment. The act of giving to those in need is an inherently good action and leaves people with a wonderful feeling of joy.

2. Gratitude

One can become more appreciative of life by serving others that have less. Whether volunteering at a soup kitchen, visiting the elderly at an assisted living center, or helping families after a natural disaster, service enables people to be grateful for what they have. Seeing people who have fewer advantages, especially those who are spirited and thankful for small things, allows one to realize just how fortunate he/she is in life.

3. Friendships

Volunteering is a great way to build meaningful friendships, not only with other volunteers but also with those who are served. One of the most profound and fascinating aspects of these relationships is how volunteers will learn from those served and vice versa. As these special bonds are built, they lead to impactful connections that last for years to come.

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All you're doing by saying this is revealing your privilege to not care politically, and here's why that's a problem.

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I'm sure all of us know at least one person who refuses to engage in political discussions - sure, you can make the argument that there is a time and a place to bring up the political happenings of our world today, but you can't possibly ignore it all the time. You bring up the last ridiculous tweet our president sent or you try to discuss your feelings on the new reproductive regulation bills that are rising throughout the states, and they find any excuse to dip out as quickly as possible. They say I don't talk about politics, or I'm apolitical. Well everyone, I'm here to tell you why that's complete bullsh*t.

Many people don't have the luxury and privilege of ignoring the political climate and sitting complacent while terrible things happen in our country. So many issues remain a constant battle for so many, be it the systematic racism that persists in nearly every aspect of our society, the fact that Flint still doesn't have clean water, the thousands of children that have been killed due to gun violence, those drowning in debt from unreasonable medical bills, kids fighting for their rights as citizens while their families are deported and separated from them... you get the point. So many people have to fight every single day because they don't have any other choice. If you have the ability to say that you just don't want to have anything to do with politics, it's because you aren't affected by any failing systems. You have a privilege and it is important to recognize it.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "history will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people."

We recognize that bad people exist in this world, and we recognize that they bring forth the systems that fail so many people every single day, but what is even more important to recognize are the silent majority - the people who, by engaging in neutrality, enable and purvey the side of the oppressors by doing nothing for their brothers and sisters on the front lines.

Maybe we think being neutral and not causing conflict is supposed to be about peacekeeping and in some way benefits the political discussion if we don't try to argue. But if we don't call out those who purvey failing systems, even if it's our best friend who says something homophobic, even if it's our representatives who support bills like the abortion ban in Alabama, even if it's our president who denies the fact that climate change is killing our planet faster than we can hope to reverse it, do we not, in essence, by all accounts of technicality side with those pushing the issues forward? If we let our best friend get away with saying something homophobic, will he ever start to change his ways, or will he ever be forced to realize that what he's said isn't something that we can just brush aside? If we let our representatives get away with ratifying abortion bans, how far will the laws go until women have no safe and reasonable control over their own bodily decisions? If we let our president continue to deny climate change, will we not lose our ability to live on this planet by choosing to do nothing?

We cannot pander to people who think that being neutral in times of injustice is a reasonable stance to take. We cannot have sympathy for people who decide they don't want to care about the political climate we're in today. Your attempts at avoiding conflict only make the conflict worse - your silence in this aspect is deafening. You've given ammunition for the oppressors who take your silence and apathy and continue to carry forth their oppression. If you want to be a good person, you need to suck it up and take a stand, or else nothing is going to change. We need to raise the voices of those who struggle to be heard by giving them the support they need to succeed against the opposition.

With all this in mind, just remember for the next time someone tells you that they're apolitical: you know exactly which side they're on.

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