Saturday, August 17, 2013

Rainy Day Food We Love: Korean Short Rib Soup at Gwinnett International Farmers Market

Have I told you how much I love Gwinnett international Farmers Market? Not only this is my favorite place to go when I want to stock up my pantry, but is my “must-go” place when I want good, affordable and delicious Korean food. The food court inside the market serves a large selection of delicious Korean and Chinese meals. Portions are large and prices are small and the menu is quite diverse and full of many tasty options. One of my favorite dishes is the Galtibang or short rib soup. 

Korean short rib soup is what chicken soup is to Americans. The short rib soup at Gwinnett International Farmers Market is an unpretentious local treat. Have one on a rainy day and it will warm your belly and soul. It’s the kind of soup that hugs you from the inside out and the outside in. 

Galbitang or Korean soup, is made primarily from beef short ribs along with stewing beef, daikon, onions, and other ingredients. It takes about five hours to cook the whole dish. Slits are made in the top of the inner bones with a sharp knife before the ribs are cut to make the flesh separate easily from the prepared beef rib. The ribs are chopped into pieces of a 5-6 cm length, and a whole daikon is inserted into a pot with water over a high heat at first. As time goes by, the heat is lowered to a medium temperature. Once the beef becomes soft after being simmered for about four to five hours, the daikon is taken out of the pot. It is flatly sliced into a 3 cm length. The ribs are also taken out of the pot and seasoned with minced scallions, garlic, and pepper powder, sesame oil, a mixture of sesame and salt, and soy sauce. As the soup is chilled, fat floating on the surface is removed. The seasoned ribs and sliced daikon are again put into the pot and are simmered one more time. 

Galbitang soup making takes time, and time is something that people rarely have to give each these days. Next time you visit the market make sure you have plenty of time. Bring a friend, relax, and order a soup. Everyone needs a good slurping from time to time.

Gwinnett International Farmers Market is located at 3825 Shackleford Rd, Duluth, GA.

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