Korean-style barbecue is so similar to Japanese yakiniku that no one can authoritatively claim where this style of cooking originated. They're very similar: slices of beef and pork, thin as credit cards; strips of chicken and pork belly; and seafood; marinated (or not) and grilled.
Korean barbecue is also prepared on grill tops that can be used for Thai barbecue. I wouldn't get too hung up on the distinctions. Instead, focus on how easy and delicious it is to cook a meal with friends on your tabletop grill.
The most popular versions of barbecue, Korean-style, are:
All-you-can-eat Korean restaurants and barbecue restaurants are very popular in the US. Generally, the raw meat is laid out in trays and you fill up your plate the same as at any other buffet-style restaurant. Only when you get back to your table, there's a grill in the middle and you and your friends cook your meat before you eat it.
The meat is typically accompanied by sides called banchan, which include kimchi and other vegetable dishes.You'll probably also want some rice or noodles as a starch. Some people like to make a little wrap with a large lettuce leaf, a schmear of spicy ssamjang (korean bbq sauce), a few pieces of meat, and some vegetables like spring onions or hot peppers.
It's super easy to recreate the experience at home, and also really fun. Any kind of tabletop grill will work to cook your raw meat and veg. Pour a little soju, some cold beer, or iced tea, and you're ready to spend a couple of hours talking and cooking with friends.
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