A dip in chef Bill Kim's Asian or Latin grilling marinades add big flavor to everything from steak to squid.
"A good marinade does all the work for you," says Bill Kim. At his Chicago noodle and dumpling bar, Urbanbelly, and his Asian-and-Latin-inspired takeout shop, Belly Shack, the chef relies on marinades to make sure a dish always tastes the same, no matter which of his line cooks prepares it. Terrific marinades are critical for home kitchens too, he says, because they make seasoning so easy. In fact, he's been tinkering with new recipes to find a few worthy of bottling and will introduce his first, an Urbanbelly soy-balsamic vinaigrette, this summer. Here, he shares other favorite grilling marinades inspired by his Korean mother, his travels through Asia and even his Puerto Rican mother-in-law.
Sambal Oelek This fiery sauce, made from fresh red chiles, adds heat to marinades. Photo courtesy of Huy Fong FoodsFish Sauce Popular in Southeast Asia, this pleasantly funky sauce has a rich, salty flavor. Photo © Kate Mathis.
Curry The sweet spice blend adds depth to a classic Puerto Rican marinade. Photo © Kate Mathis.Vinegar Acidic ingredients like vinegar help a marinade penetrate meat. Photo courtesy of Heinz.
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