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  1. Some Korean-American friends took me to Kimko Seafood in Ellicott City this weekend for Korean style sashimi. This place was mentioned under a different name, Bethany Seafood in a post by howchow a while ago. It's known to have lobster sashimi. I also found out from my friends that they often serve San Nakji, live octopus sashimi. Unfortunately, when we arrived they had run out of the octopus for the week. We ordered the large sashimi platter/dinner for the 5 of us. I believe it was $200. You start off with a small cup of congee, and then they brought out 20 different plates of bonchon. This included a large seafood pancake, fishes prepared in various forms- grilled/fried/raw, seaweed, edamame, potato salad, grilled chicken gizzards, rice with roe, seaweed soup, salmon collarbone, clams, and octopus. The sashimi platter is served on a meter long plank. Korean style sashimi is also eaten with kochujang, the red chile pepper sauce, as well as soy sauce and wasabi. My friend told me Koreans also prefer to chewier pieces of sashimi, the most popular being halibut. The lobster sashimi is pretty incredible. They take a fresh lobster from the tank, dispatch it, and right away, bring the tail split open and cut up topped with some roe. The remainder goes into a soup at the end of the meal. The meat is sweet, had a little bite at first, and then melts into the mouth. I also loved the fresh sea cucumber sashimi. It is not at all liked the cooked sea cucumber I've had. It has a mild briny flavor and has the texture of raw octopus. We also had the abalone and sea squirt sashimi. Abalone reminded me of a mushroom, and the sea squirt, while bitter at first, was just ok. The lobster soup is in a spicy broth also loaded with fish. It was wonderful. PICS
  2. I must confess that I'm more than a little excited to write DR's first review of a restaurant although "restaurant" might be overstating things given their lunch-crowd focus and their seating for about 19. For lunch, I purchased take out from Suki Asia on Rhode Island Ave. NW although I should say that my office is on RI and this place is on the street behind what I consider RI ave but whatever. Today was my second attempt. I went a few days ago and it was mobbed at 12:40. Today I went about 12:15 and there was a line, but a lot shorter. By the time I left at about 12:30, there was a line out the door so this place obviously has a following. It Asian Fusion carry out basically. Pho, Sushi, Don, ect can all be ordered. For DC, I think it's cheap too. My lunch was 6.99 (daily special) + 3 for a roll. For lunch I ordered spicy chicken don (rice bowl), which comes with miso soup, "salad", edamame, and rice with steamed broccoli and cauliflower. Don: meat dry, sauce good but mildly spicy, rice fantastically wonderful, veggies not over cooked. Would not order again. Miso: mediocre. How hard is this to get right? Salad: iceberg with fabulous wasabi dressing. Put some more and different veggies in this and I'd be satisfied. California Roll: I had to b/c we all know them and it was fine. Nothing to complain about or love. Would order again. I will be back. I would order a roll lunch and perhaps bibimbap, which might be their most popular item. Also, I saw a guy eating Pho and it looked good though pale. Since I love pho, I might as well try.
  3. Yep, there's a new sush/sashmi place by Bon Chon chicken on little river turnpike. The reason I don't have a name for you is because I don't read Korean and the place is so authentic that they don't even have an English sign We ordered three rolls and a galbi dotsot bibimbap. The rolls were really good value with nice quantity of fillings. I hate those places that skimp on the filling and put mounds of rice on everything. I regret not trying any sashimi, as it seemed to be their speciality. There were two tanks in the front, with the top tank filled with live lobsters (for lobster sashimi) and the bottom tank filled with some really weird looking fish. Their sashimi ranged anywhere from $50 to $200. There were no further description on the menu, but judging by the food on other tables, it appears to come with more than 10 sidedishes and soup. Like most Korean restaurants, everything is meant to be shared. A table of five sat close to us probably ordered one of those giant sashimi dish and the thing came out on a 1X3 feet board. The amount of plates on their table was mind boggling. I felt like a noob as there were pieces of paper with Korean writings on the wall advertising specials not on the menu. This place definitely worth further investigation on my part.
  4. While driving in Annandale today, I noticed a new restaurant on Little River Turnpike called Gangnam Sushi House (Facebook page) replacing Osaka.
  5. I couldn't be happier, even knowing nothing about this place. Anyone know any details? "Korean Restaurant Coming To Woodmont Triangle" by Aaron Kraut on bethesdanow.com Don't get me wrong, the constant infux of pizza and burger places in Bethesda is exciting and all (where's a sarcasm font when you need one), but it's so nice to see a place opening up that really fills a need.
  6. Tian Chinese Cuisine actually isn't Chinese. It is Korean food -- the "Chinese" cuisine sold in Seoul in the same way that General Tso's Chicken is sold as Chinese cuisine here. As I have read, one of the basics are noodles served either in black bean sauce (jjajangmuyn) or in a spicy seafood soup (jjampong). But people had bemoaned the fact that no one around here makes their own noodles. Until now. An acquaintance told me that Tian had begun to smack out their own noodles. Literally. In the restaurant (and in the short video), you hear the thwack, thwack, thwack of someone slamming out noodle dough in the kitchen. With that inspiration, we ended up on only our second night of Korean-Chinese. Clearly, we're not the experts to comment on the intricacies of jjajangmyun, but the black bean noodles were delicious comfort food to me. The noodles are tender and chewy. They absorb the mild, black bean sauce, and it's a great contrast with the pickled radishes and onion that they serve as a limited panchan. We had jjajangmyun (#1) and a cold noodle soup (#18). Thinner noodles in the soup, also chewy. They came in cloudy broth with some hard boiled egg, a few slices of beef and paper-thin radishes. It's garnished with thin-cut vegetables, and you flavor it yourself with the clear vinegar that comes on the table and some excellent wasabi that comes in a small bowl. With the cold and the hint of vinegar, the soup came across like gaspacho. Refreshing and perfect after a hot day, although the taste is more mild and earthy rather than diced vegetables. Overall, Tian is a fun, inexpensive evening. Those two dishes would have filled us for less than $20. We also ordered steamed dumplings, which were fine but not special. Next time, I going for jjampong, the handmade noodles served in a spicy seafood soup. Tian offers combo meals where you can get two half orders on a plate split into two halves If the media link at the top of this post doesn't work, I posted the short video on Facebook.
  7. The new management of the Brookfield Plaza's longtime Korean restuarant Sahm Oh Jung (old thread) have renamed it Oh Bok Jung (website). The menu hasn't changed much, though there are fewer Korean-Chinese dishes, which were more-or-less their former specialty. The old sushi bar has been replaced with more seats, but a few Japanese cooked items remain on the menu. Otherwise the dining room got a mild facelift, new floor, no more handwritten signs. The food, overall, is about on a par with Sahm Oh Jung. This is solid Korean food holding its own in the multi-ethnic Brookfield Plaza area, where good food at good prices is the hallmark.
  8. I sent the kids off today w/ the groupon for Red Holic, which was for fried chicken, dumplings, & sodas. Lizzy went w/ her brother to his lax game, after I promised food (since she doesn't eat meat, I thought she could get some kimbap or tempura). Tom said the chicken & dumplings were good, Lizzy said she got noodles, veggie dumplings, & 'something that looked like gnocchi' in a red, spicy sauce- she wasn't impressed, but I think I primed her for shrimp tempura, which wasn't available. I'll try & use the Joong Mi groupon myself soon....
  9. Coffee nature is a lot of fun. Good food and drinks, and some of the best service I've had anywhere. One time they messed up a drink that a friend of mine ordered and paid for in cash, and as they came out with the replacement, they insisted on giving her the cash back as well. Very cool.
  10. I'm infatuated with Yet Nal House, and I haven't even scratched the surface yet. This Ellicott City restaurant is a casual Korean place tucked in the first-floor corner of a shopping center at Rte 40 and Pine Orchard. It doesn't have an English sign, and the front door -- down from Bippy's Pub -- opens onto a takeout area. But you walk through into a cozy dining room with a bar and a big selection of Korean dishes. Friend of the blog like Min had turned us on to Yel Nal with suggestions of rice cakes and the brisket casserole. With the weather chilling, I convinced Mrs. HowChow that the season had arrived to try new soups to stay warm. We got huge bowls of spicy beef soup (yuk gae jung) and seafood-tofu stew (soon doo boo), and we gorged ourselves surrounded by a crowd that ranged from families with small children to a table of young adults enjoying soju, beer, and a platter of seafood and noodles to some older couples who lingered over a table of dishes that looked amazing. Our dishes seem like fine introductions if you like some heat. The soon doo boo has a low, warm spiciness. It isn't aggressive. The base soup has a rich seafood flavor. Not fishy, but more brine with clams and shrimp. The smooth tofu pieces work like noodles in chicken soup, and Mrs. HowChow added spoonfuls of white rice that soaked up the flavors and left her with a take-home bowl as full as her original stew. My yuk gae jung was spicier. You get shredded meat in the red-pepper and beef broth, along with scallions and what I thought were fernbrake. It's earthy and delicious. Perfect for a chilly night. We really didn't need the boiled dumplings that we had ordered because Yel Nal puts out the small plates of panchan on every table -- some kimchi, some noodles called chapchae, fish cakes, a seaweed with spicy sauce. . . . We had more than two lunches in plastic containers when we walked out. I can't suggest Yel Nal enough if you have already tried Shin Chon Garden and a few nights of Korean 101. People waiting for a table seemed initially surprised to see non-Korean-speakers come through the door. But they -- and then everyone in the restaurant -- were friendly. The menu has English descriptions, or you could look for suggestions on Yelp and just repeat the Korean names. For a few years, we have nosed around other Korean spots in Ellicott City looking to see what we find. Yet Nal and Lighthouse Tofu are the two that most called me back with a welcome feel and delicious food. Lighthouse specializes in soon doo boo, and both places offer a bit of theater with the dish. You get white rice in a really hot bowl, and you're supposed to scoop out most of the rice, but leave a thin crust. That cooks for 10-15 minutes, then you pour in a few inches of water. By the time you're done eating, you have a palate-cleansing, stomach-settling tea. Next time, I'm going to try the rice cake soup at Yel Nal. I need to see a baseline because I'm hoping to cook this for the Korean New Year in the winter. I also need to figure out the brisket casserole and the LA short ribs. I'm up for any suggestions. I have heard that Yet Nal has a good reputation with Korean diners, so I'd love to know what people enjoy. Years ago, Yel Nal House was a very different business. I stopped there in 2008, when it was basically a takeout shop with kimbop, kimchi, soups and other dishes. Since then, the space has been completely renovated, and the restaurant is warm and casual. But there are still takeout coolers, and I bet you'd do well with the soups, kimchi, or other items.
  11. Grover and I decided it would be a good idea to end 2011 with an over-indulgence in chicken, after all, what could be a better way to finish up the year? We headed out to Loehmann's Plaza in beautiful West Falls Church to explore Ultimate Chicken Bistro (from now on, UCB). The bright red banner announcing UCB and Grand Opening made it pretty easy to spot. UCB has only been open about a month but seems to have settled into a easy pattern of getting you seated, getting menus and taking drink orders. The menu features Chicken. Chicken Italian Style, Chicken Japanese Style, Chicken Chinese Style and (for us, the best) Chicken Korean Style. We ordered Korean style (naturally). A large serving of Popcorn Chicken and a small Fried Chicken. For sides, we had french fries (not known as a Korean side dish), pickled radish, and fried rice. Service is done in typical Korean style. Whatever cooks first gets served first. The fries were first. While they weren't hand cut and quintuple fried and dipped in ice water and all the other things that people do to tart up potatoes, they were decent. A nice firm outer, potatoey, flavorful interior. Next came the popcorn chicken. If you've been to Cheogajip, you are probably familiar with the popcorn chicken concept. Small, boneless pieces of breaded chicken, fried Korean style. The popcorn chicken comes with two dipping sauces, one mild and one spicy. Both of these are apparently aimed at Mee-Guks (non-Koreans). Both sauces were flavorful but the spicy wasn't spicy in the normal Korean sense. The chicken was very nice and moist and had a almost crunchy coating. The large was large, the plate was piled high. Next came the fried chicken. There were about six pieces and it was HOT (heat, not spicy) and it was extraordinary. A golden brown crunchy covering (it's not breaded, it's Korean chicken after all) over some of the nicest, moist, flavorful chicken I've had in a long time. If you expect to find those distinct pieces of chicken (legs, thighs, you know, the stuff they sell in Giant) you're going to be disappointed. The chicken is cut in the distinct Asian way. Lot's of meat and almost no bone on some pieces, other pieces with some bone. This requires a bit of caution while eating but nothing that can't be handled with a bit of care. The takeout service seems to be really popular. There must have been 10 takeout orders that were picked up while we were there. We left stuffed and with a bag of left-overs that consisted of one piece of chicken and the fried rice which we never even touched. Grover paid the bill (she's such a sweetheart ), so I have no idea what the final cost was but here's the menu. You can get an idea from that. We both enjoyed the food very much.
  12. The Annandale Bon Chon location is now called Chi Mc, and is almost *exactly* the same as Bon Chon was, with slightly better service and (I think) a few more options to choose from. Matt "took me" there for Father's Day (he *loves* chicken wings), and it was wonderful - everything Bon Chon ever was, and perhaps more. I phoned my order in at 4:35, and they said it'd be ready at 5:10 (we ate in). They said they were out of drummies, so we got one Large Wings and a bottle of ShoChu ($33.95) and one Medium Wings ($14) - I can't find the receipt, so I'm going from memory here. We ordered them both half soy-garlic and half spicy, and plenty of drumsticks did appear after all. After receiving the shochu, and a large, thin, (temperature)-hot bowl of tofu-onion-soy soup, and two bowls of chilled, pickled radish cubes (the perfect chaser to the spicy chicken) - the chicken came, and it was virtually identical to Bon Chon's. It met our expectations and more. Matt flubbed a piano recital, and drowned his sorrows in chicken wings this evening - as a dear friend told me, "chicken wings are a unifying force of nature," and she's right. We had a fantastic time - thanks, Matt! Initialized strongly in Italic.
  13. I wound up doing a reconaissance mission to Han Sung Oak yesterday. I had lunch there with 2 coworkers and enjoyed it. We are going to hold our group function there. For lunch we went with some Korean barbecue/grill choices so that we could see what our group might expect. They do have an extensive lunch menu that looked very reasonable - about 20 choices all under $10. We chose the bulgogi and a seafood soup for 2. The panchan (about 9 in all) were good. I especially liked the yellow beans - small and chewy with a little bit of sweetness. I think the bulgogi was about what you'd expect - grilled meat, good flavor. The seafood soup was loaded with all sorts of seafood - and one mystery ingredient (if anyone can identify this I'll be eternally grateful). Our waitress called it a sea mushroom and the maitre(sse) d' called it "mi do do" in Korean. 2 coworkers with Korean parents didn't recognize it and neither did one of the parents. It was a 'sac' -for lack of a better term - that reminded me a bit of a mushy grape and burst when you bit into it. It had a sort of cellulose texture and not any real distinct flavor to speak of. I'm not a huge fan of the seafood soup - just too much going on with nothing very interesting other than the variety. Anyway - the service was good, surroundings pleasant, and they have a large private room with burners at the tables so it will work for our group. I'll report back after - hopefully I'll get to try a few more dishes.
  14. Java Green Organic Eco Cafe 1020 19th Street, NW (between K and L St) 202-775-8899 Website here Eve Zibart writeup here This place is all vegetarian with sandwiches, wraps, salads, noodle bowls, rice bowls, much of which are Korean. It's also very "green" in its practices (e.g., purchasing 100% wind power and biodegradable serving ware). I had the boolgogi and kimchee rice bowl, which I enjoyed. It came in a bento box with fermented flavorful kimchi, good jobche (or japchae) noodles, fake meat boolgogi, a red (kinda burgundy) tinted rice with what looked like wild rice type grains in it, and Korean hot paste (kochujang) that was thinned out into a sauce. The boolgogi was a pretty good vegetarian version though of course it didn't taste just like the beef version because the seitan gives it a different flavor. I also tried a side of the popcorn chicken -- little chunks of fake chicken – that were good dipped in the hot sauce that came with my bento box. I'd definitely go back.
  15. By Missy Frederick Triple B Fresh had its soft opening in Dupont Circle recently. The restaurant serves up Korean fare like bibimbap. [Facebook] … more » Source: Eater DC
  16. I got a takeout order from this charming little restaurant the other day-I can't believe it's taken me this long to try it, since it's right around the corner. Now, I was ordering mostly for my kids, to feed them before I had to go out, so that determined my menu choices. Bulgogi ($8.95) was my favorite, a good sized portion, chicken teriyaki (yes, I know, not particularly Korean-$8.95).was a bit sweet for my taste, sides of rice & panchan-red kimchi, napa & jalapenoes, daikon, bean sprouts, & potato. For my son, the dumpling king, we got the 10 pc.fried dumpling plate ($9.95), I really liked these, mostly meat w/ a bit of glass noodles,maybe cabbage & spicy dipping sauce. We'll definitely eat here again, I'd like to try the yook gae jang (spicy beef soup), dae gu mae woon tang (spicy cod stew), jap chae bab, & bibimbap. It's like a little cottage in the woods, w/ a small garden outside, plopped on the side of Rt.1...
  17. Just one lousy "L" away from immortality in the Suggestive Restaurant Names Hall Of Fame.
  18. It's been a while since I've been to Cho's Garden. Over the past several years, food quality can be inconsistent here, ranging from great to simply OK. Yesterday was "Great!" shouted from the rooftop of this former Denny's location, next to PJ Skidoo's on Route 29. After a long, warm, morning hike in Hemlock Overlook, Cho's hit the spot for casual dining with a dog in tow. The recently upgraded patio features better tables and brighter feel, with a cooling cross-breeze and outdoor speakers. Banchan is always diverse here, and yesterday's was especially fresh. 15 small plates of yeongeun (lotus root), melchi (tiny fish), numerous kimchee, nokdumuk (mung bean jelly), and other piquant tidbits refilled upon request. Many diners do not know this, but "Garden" is no misnomer. As you walk in, look to the left for the fenced in area surrounding what becomes garden-to-table leafy greens. I always keep my fingers crossed that my favorite of the bunch, perilla, will thrive. But alas, no appearance in yesterday's dishes. Our late lunch included an especially fresh rendition of bibimbap, although with a slightly overcooked egg. Forgivable, still outstanding. The surprise flavor punch of the meal came from the pork, kimchee, and tofu (non-stew) dish, exceptional in it's massive portion. The exact name is escaping me in busy weekend recall block, but it was the last item on the "All Time Favorites" section of the recently updated menu. The website menu and the hard copy one are no longer in synch, by the way, the print copy features more variety. Indoor dining at Cho's shows a bit more upscale environment than one might expect, with etched glass and a borderline chic soju bar. Open until 2AM most nights (perhaps later on weekends), it's an unexpected convenience when in Fairfax.
  19. We went here for lunch on Saturday. It's a Korean coffee shop/café at 7137 Little River Turnpike (a little west of Il Mee and Shilla). Phone: (703) 256-1888 They have a bakery case of cakes and a table of packaged baked goods. Their menu has coffees, teas, bing soo (shaved ice dessert), ice cream, frozen yogurt which they call yogurt ice cream, spaghetti, pasta, and Japanese curry (choice of vegetable, meat, or chicken). You order at the counter, and they bring the food to you. The place has a number of tables, and I liked the plush velvet chairs. I had the Japanese meat curry which came with rice and a maraschino cherry on top. The menu offered a choice of regular or spicy curry, but they only had spicy, which wasn't actually spicy. The curry came with chunks of potatoes, carrots, onions, and beef in a brown sauce, similar to beef stew. My husband got the vegetable version, which was the same as the meat version minus the beef. We both liked our curries. I think the curry cost around $7.95 or so. Japanese curry has a certain different flavor than I've tasted in Indian curries. You can buy packages of Japanese curry sauce at the Korean grocery store. With the curry, they gave us a small plate of thin pickle wedges, pickled jalapenos, and two thin slices of asian pear that had been soaked in a really strong alcohol and sprinkled with hot pepper flakes. We didn't care for the asian pear because the alcohol flavor was too harsh. I wanted to try their frozen yogurt so I ordered the plain one even though it was $9.95 (!) It turned out to be big enough for the two of us to share so the price wasn't as outrageous as it seemed considering that we spend about that much at Tangysweet, though that's for two well-topped (3 toppings) yogurts. Here, the frozen yogurt was piled high in a gravy boat with some strawberries, blueberries, a raspberry, and a blackberry. It just comes with fruit, there isn't a choice of toppings. The frozen yogurt had some tang to it, but it didn't seem as tangy or as creamy as the yogurt at Tangysweet. It satisfied my frozen yogurt craving though.
  20. This is totally exploratory, but if you'd like to learn something about Korean food, this could be the closest you can get to Korea without travel and airport security and the TSA massage. To Sok Jip is a VERY small restaurant in Annandale. It seats about 30 people. It's always busy (trust me on this, everybody waits unless you are there 10 minutes before they open). There's a good reason for this and it comes out of the kitchen. This is some of the most authentic Korean food in the DC metro area. Now the interesting part. We would like to take no more than 8 people to To Sok Jip for dinner in early February. This will give you a chance to brush up on your Korean and think about food you'd like to try. Dinner should cost around $25 a person. Not quite a Twenty Dollar Tuesday but close. A proposed menu, shared dishes, suggestions to come. We need a serious commitment to this because if To Sok Jip makes space for us, we HAVE to be there. Dinner will be fairly early in the evening because it gets crowded very quickly. Post if you're seriously interested in attending. If we get more than 8 people initially, we will do this again. Feb 12, 2013 at 5:30pm sharp. Do not be late. Bring cash (and your appetite). Second date: Feb 19, 2013. Same rules apply.
  21. there's another place in Annandale that serves these also. It's called Lunchtime and it's in the basement of an office building next to a McDonalds. One of my Korean friends say's this place serves the best noodles in Annandale. They also have great panfried dumplings.
  22. Has anyone been to Ju Mak Jib, a Korean restaurant on Little River Turnpike that Tom Sietsema is reviewing Sunday? I didn't see a thread on this.
  23. At the request of DonRocks, I am starting this thread about my experience at Annandale Seafood. (I adapted this from a review I wrote about a year ago after visiting) After watching Anthony Bourdain's episode on the outer bouroughs of New York about a year ago, I was intrigued by the Korean seafood joint he went to. I wanted to find something similar in the DC area. I did extensive research and found good reviews for a place called Ga Bo Ja (there is a short thread here on this place). I convinced my wife and parents to head out for a try. When the GPS got us to the non-descript strip center, Ga Ba Ja was literally enpty with the staff sitting around, but another place in the strip center was pretty full. We went with the full place. This place has a sign out front that is in Korean and says Annandale Seafood. I read somewhere that the Korean translates to "Eel City Flounder District". The menu was a mix of english and Korean with a few platters which were only in Korean. The waitress through broken English steered us towards the $99 sashimi platter. Before the platter came out, we were served a bunch of banchan including, a steamed egg dish, some king mushroom, mussels, rice with row, grilled shrimp, a whole grilled mackerel, and what I think was a whole tilapia (this is only a partial list!). Once we were finished with the banchan, the main star of the night came out--the gigantic sashimi platter. The platter that came out had tuna, salmon, escolar (the one disappointment, was frozen) some other fish, surf clams, what was a whole flounder that minutes before was swimming in a tank, and what I think was raw eel that was also minutes before swimming in a tank. All of the fish (with the exception of the escloar, because it was not fully defrosted) was very tasty. The four of us could not finish it all. Once we were done, they proceeded to bring out a huge bubbling cauldron of fish bone stew (bones from the flounder) and more banchan (kimchi and some soy bean sprouts). Annandale Seafood Menu.pdf
  24. On a whim (or, it could have been a $20 Wednesday) I headed to Han Sung with Erin, several Baltimore chowhounds (BaltoEllen, Britboy, Dzoey, Crowsonguy) friends and spouses to check it out. This is a small, spare, home-style storefront, with friendly staff and lively families scattered around. There were eight Korean dinner entrees listed in English, and about six others only in Korean. The rest of the menu is Japanese. Since the waitstaff speaks very little English, we communicated as best we could that we would like them to bring out a selection of typical Korean dishes for all of us to share, and a couple of soups as well. As a result of the language barrier, and the fact that all the dishes pretty much arrived at once after the soups, without time for explanations, we're not entirely sure what everything was, but it all sure was tasty! This is not a place to compare to what you will find in New York's Koreatown, the panchan are a half-dozen simple preparations, there are no grills, and the dishes generally lack the complexity or fire one would find elsewhere. Highlights included the two soups - Man Doo Gook? - a mild ground meat and ginger dumpling soup with rice threads, and a spicier soup that seemed to have tongue and tendon included. Also, the Pa Jon (Hae mool?) was fabulous- a huge crispy rice flour pancake stuffed with scallion and shrimp. There was a moderaltely spicy squid dish that really was tender and fresh. The pork and bulgoki dishes were not typical brazier style, but also very flavorful and tender. Not sure about the fish - possibly salted deep fried croaker? was more bones than meat - tough going. Bibimbap was home-style comfort food, but we had to ask for the redbean paste that usually accompanies it. By the time we realized we were not going to be served the hwae du bop we were too stuffed to ask for it. We saw it on other tables and it looked wonderful. Total damage was an amazing $16 per, before drinks and tip. All in all, a good adventure into the hinterlands.
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