DakGalbi (Marinated/BBQ Chicken) 닭갈비


So over the summer, I stayed a bit at summer school to get ahead and my friends wanted me to make them Korean food since we all didn’t have a meal plan.

Hence, I asked them what they wanted and one of them said this dish. So, I bought all of the ingredients after a struggle of a trip to H-Mart and this was my first try. Got to hand it to myself, it was pretty darn impressive. One friend (He’s from Korea and 24 years old) said that it tastes better than what they serve at restaurants – no exaggeration. He ate 2-3 servings worth! Just bragging a bit 😛 But also, this means it’s possible for everybody to make such a delicious dish at home so easily~

Yields ~2-3 servings


You Will Need: 

For the Chicken:

– 1 Chicken Breast of around 9 oz. (I used the ones from Costco, so naturally I sliced up way more chicken breast than necessary)

– 1/2 Tbsp Water (or you can use cooking wine, but I didn’t have any at the time)

– 1/4 tsp Minced Garlic (I used the pre-minced one)

– Some Black Pepper

For the Sauce:

– 1 Tbs of Red Pepper Powder

– 2 Tbs of Red Pepper Paste (I used the level 3 spiciness one)

– 2 tsp Curry Powder

– 2 tsp Minced Garlic

– 2 Tbs Soy Sauce

– 1/2 Tbs Powdered Honey (or Brown Sugar)

– Some Black Pepper (Around 1 tsp)

– 1 Tbs Sesame Oil (Or you can use cooking oil, but I didn’t have any)

For the Other Ingredients Needed:

– 1 small or medium sized Korean Sweet Potato (depending on if you like it or not really)

– 1/2 Cup Onion (I used 1/4 of a large onion)
– 2 Green Onions
– 1/2 Cup Cabbage
– Rice Cakes (Around 8-12 depending on how many you want)
– Around 5 Perilla Leaves (AKA Sesame Leaves) (or as much as you want)
– 1/4 Cup Water

– 1 Tbs Sesame Oil

– Sesame Seeds optional



  1. Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces (small rectangles)
  2. Put the chicken in a bowl
  3. Add the chicken ingredients referenced above (water, minced garlic, pepper)
  4. Mix it well and set it aside


  1. In a small bowl, put in the dry ingredients: red pepper powder, curry powder, honey/sugar, and black pepper
  2. Add in the wet ingredients of the red pepper paste, minced garlic, sesame oil, and soy sauce
  3. Mix the ingredients well
  4. Add around half of the sauce to the chicken and mix it well. You want to leave some for later

Rice Cakes:

  1. Boil some water in a pot
  2. Add the rice cakes and boil them until they are a quarter to a half done (not totally squishy yet)
  3. Drain and set aside

Note: you don’t really need to do this step, but I found it made sure that the rice cakes did not come out hard for me.

More Prep:

  1. Cut the green onions into around 1/4 inch pieces
  2. Slice the onions into 1/2 inch pieces
  3. Slice the sweet potato
  4. Slice the cabbage
  5. Fold the sesame leaves in half, remove the stem, and cut them into 1 inch strips

Let the Cooking begin!

  1. In a heated pan, add 1 Tbs of Olive Oil
  2. Add the slices of Cabbage, Onion (not green onion), Sweet Potato, and Rice Cakes
  3. Place the marinated chicken on top (don’t mix it yet!)
  4. Add in the 1/4 cup of water
  5. After 1 minute, start to mix it
  6. After it begins to boil a bit, add in the rest of the sauce and mix well
  7. Keep frying until the chicken is almost cooked (you can test it by cutting a piece in half)
  8. Add in the Sesame/Perilla Leaves and Green Onions
  9. Fry it until all of the ingredients are cooked well – you can tell when the rice cake is soft and the chicken is cooked thoroughly
  10. You can sprinkle sesame seeds on top for decoration optional





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