Meat Jun Plate Lunch
Growing up local there was nothing better than field trip days because my Dad would buy me a plate lunch to take with me. You would figure field trips in Hawaii would be epic, you would be wrong. We went to a lot of parks. Nothing special about the park we just went to parks. So the best part of the trip was my home lunch or plate lunch. Now plate lunches vary and come with so many different options, so everyones was usually different. Some kids had spam musubis, some had zip pacs, some had bbq chicken with teriyaki also commonly referred to as a BBQ mix plate. These became comfort and the norm for lunches the older I got. So when I went away to college it was something I really truly missed. In the midwest the quick serve restaurants were really limited to burgers, pizza, wings, bbq, which in their own right were delicious but sometimes you want Korean BBQ with mac salad and furikake on your rice. For 8 dollars you could get two scoops of rice, 2 options of meat, and 3 side dishes. Now granted that same plate lunch is $12.99 minimum but its still worth it.
The longer I spent away from home the more it became necessary to learn how to make my plate lunch favorites. Meat Jun is marinated thinly sliced shortribs dredged in flour and then egg and fried. The secret to a really good meat jun, in my opinion is the marinade. This is where different restaurants vary. It's really a matter of preference. I use pear and onion for tenderizing and gochujang (Korean chili paste) for a light spicy kick.
The traditional plate lunch is served in a styrofoam clam so in honor of that I used a recycled clam container I found at a food service supply shop. These containers are perfect for sporting events, picnics, beach outings, and lets not forget kid's field trips.
Don't be discouraged by some of these ingredients. All of now readily available at stores like Whole Foods, Trader Joes, even my local Safeway. If not try checking out your local Asian Market. If not I've linked below some options. For the Korean Pears you can substitute an apple or pear of any sweet variety.