Recipe courtesy of Dim Ssam A Go Go

Kalbi Chunk'd Tots

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 8 hr 40 min
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Inactive: 8 hr
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Short Ribs:

1 cup soy sauce

2 tablespoons sesame oil

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger

1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 apple, sliced

1 yellow onion, sliced

1 pound short ribs, sliced 1/4-inch thick

Cheese Sauce:

1 cup grated fresh white melting cheese

1 cup Korean red pepper paste

1 clove garlic

1 scallion

Tater Tots:

Oil, for frying

1 pound potato nuggets

Sea salt

Chopped scallions, for garnish

Hot sauce, for garnish


  1. For the short ribs: Mix together the soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, pepper, apples and onions in a large bowl. Add the short ribs and toss to coat. Cover and marinate overnight.
  2. For the cheese sauce: Puree the cheese, red pepper paste, garlic and scallion in a food processor until smooth. 
  3. Heat a grill to high. Grill the short ribs until well done. Set aside. 
  4. For the tater tots: Heat the oil in a deep fryer or large pot to 375 degrees F. Fry the potato nuggets until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Transfer to a mixing bowl and toss with a pinch of sea salt and 2 cups cheese sauce until coated. 
  5. Slice the short rib meat into bite-size pieces. Place the tater tots in a serving bowl, top with the short ribs and garnish with scallions and hot sauce.