A bit of non-comic book blogging tonight. Should have really posted this prior to the Wizard World Long Beach show but I had to get ready for my trip to NYC where I am now. It's cold here, but we had some Korean food last night at Kang Suh on 32nd and Broadway which in my opinion is the best Korean BBQ restaurant here in da Big Apple.
Now for those of you who have not had the chance to eat Korean, it's not BBQ like as in KC BBQ ribs or burgers or anything remotely like that. Korean BBQ involves a grilling thinly sliced marinated rib-eye steak. The marinade consists of soy sauce, garlic, some sugar and pepper. I'm sure I'm missing some other secret ingredients but eating Bul-Go-Gi with some Kim-Chi chigae (Kim Chee soup) is just the best thing in the world, especially when it's chilly outside.
For the hotter summer days, indulge in some Naeng Myun (a simple buckwheat noodle soup served ice cold in a vinegar, mustard beef broth soup with sliced cucumbers, sliced Asian pear, a sliced hardboiled egg and slices of cooked beef.
Now I say Kang Suh was the best in NYC and frankly, it's not as good as it once used to be once the city laws were changed to prevent the restaurant from using real coal embers to grill off of. Now they use standard propane gas jets which most Korean restaurants have. But if you want the best, find a Korean joint that cooks over real, the one-Ring red hot coals...like the place in the picture above in LA.
Soot Bull Jeep is not a car dealership but a real hole in the wall, authentic Korean BBQ place in K-town, LA. It's a block off 8th and Vermont owntown on 3136 West 8th Street. Despite it's run down décor, this place is awesome but it comes at a price. A plate of Bul-Go-Gi will run you about 19 bucks and feeds about 1 1/2. But order 2 plates cause if you order just one, they won't let you grill at the table but rather they do it for you on a frying pan in the kitchen which is a major NO-NO. The beef gets all soft and runny that way and frankly, tastes horrible here and everywhere if you order it that way.
Do yourself a favor and always order the usual minimum of 2 beef dishes and get ready to have some great grilled beef and take the leftovers home for later. After you grill the meat, take some cool, fresh lettuce, drop a little ball of sticky Korean rice into it, some Bul-Go-Gi (or Kal-Bi which are marinated rib meat) and some pungent, slightly spicy bean paste on top, wrap up the lettuce over the top and stuff it in your mouth.
Go all out farmer style and take some Kim-Chee (spicy pickled cabbage) and throw that on the grill too. Or order the soup if you have a cold and want to blow yer sinuses open. Made properly, Kim-Chee soup is a nice opaque red, super spicy concoction that can also clean grease off your engine.
Man, now I'm hungry...(grumble)
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Speaking of LA