Yang Nyum Galbi (marinated beef) sizzling!
This post is for Jerry Lee. (No, sorry not you, Jerry Zhao.) See him below? That’s him in the pink. Real men wear pink. I know he’s showing some more than average affection for the kid in the white, but that’s for another post.
Let me tell you a bit about Jerry. Jerry owns a PC. He’s originally from the mountains and likes to don loud colors of baby cyan and lime green. He wears shorts in 55 degree weather and can’t wait to ski. Sounds like a cool kid, eh? (hm… )
But I guess without Jerry, this dinner may have never happened. After weeks of craving galbi, or essentially Korean BBQ (marinated ribs), Jerry finally made the effort to spearhead an attempt to go to Seoul Garden in Ktown. It was tough, but he did it.
Saeng Galbi (non-marinated beef)
See all that meat up there? That was only 3/7 of it all. And we demolished all of it.
And there he is, cutting up the strips of beef- sacrificing eating time for the rest of us. You’re a good man Jerry Lee. Too bad it took him awhile to figure it out… See how much food there was?! It was like a feast!
OH BOY!! He’s finally got the hang of it!!
Isn’t it funny how the photographer always ends up with the prime seat? Yeesh, I wonder why. Anyway, shoutouts to Jerry and Jungyon for turning the beef over while we all enjoyed the galbi. That’s some hot stuff there.
I don’t know what’s going on there, but that’s probably the other Jerry talking about Texas (yes, you Jerry Zhao).
Banh-Chan: Cauliflower, Kimchi, Acorn, Seaweed Salad, Bean Sprouts, Pickled Radish, and… that’s it
Banh-Chan are the little side dishes that most Korean restaurants roll out before the meal comes. This place just kept on piling it on after we finished. By the end, there was still some kimchi and acorn left over. I especially liked their pickled radish.
Setup for the galbi
With the galbi, they give you lettuce leaves, spiced/thinly sliced green onions, rice wrap, radish, garlic, and soy bean paste. You’re supposed to wrap the meat in the rice wrap and lettuce and then top it all off with the green onion and paste/garlic if you so desire. It ends up being very messy but also very delish.
Yerp, that’s with the marinated beef. Although I liked the marinated alot better than the non-marinated, both were still good enough that I’d order them again. With the non-marinated, they give you this salted sesame oil to dip it into (I actually didn’t realize this until now. That explains why I thought I gained like 5 lb this morning… from all that oil!)
An aerial view of the girl’s side of the table. The guy’s side seemed to have alot more for some reason…
Daeng Jang Jigae: Soybean paste soup with tofu, anchovies, clam, shrimp and vegetables.
And after when you finish all that meat, they give you Daeng Jang Jigae. We ate it by scooping it onto rice. But Jungyon says that the proper way of eating it is to dip your spoon into the broth, scoop up a spoonful, bring it over your rice and into your mouth. I just scooped the tofu, omitted the seafood, and mixed it into my rice. I’m not a big stew person, but this was pretty good.
Look how happy Surekha is, her first time having Korean!
The servers were really nice, especially considering how big of a group we were. Since we ordered so much meat, we couldn’t all grill it at the table so they had a portable griller which one of the servers manned. Don’t worry we left a generous tip. The total ended up coming out to $25/person. There were 8 people and we ordered 7 portions of meat. It’s about standard for Korean BBQ.