I went to an excellent Korean Style chinese restaunt last night. Great Sea is a chinese restaurant as you would find in seoul. I guess it's pretty inauthentic, its not yunan or szechuan, or cantonese, It's korean. And it is part of its own delicious genre.
In another light it is organic culinary fusion, which I tend to prefer to culinary school fusion (ie wasabi/yuzu creme drizzled food art.)
It was actually quite reminiscent of chinese food in kyoto. Perfectly executed unsophisticated fun food.
Anyway enough noise. We ate:
Shark fin soup; A nice ocean infused cornstarch laden clear soup with clear threads of shark fin, shitake's, wood shrooms, shrimp. A bit bland to be honest.
Black bean noodles; a noodle 1/2 way between ramen and spaghetti dressed with a pleasantly fermented sweet and salty black bean paste. Revel in the funkiness. Reminiscent of natto. If you like anaerrobic metabolism (which I do) you'll love this.
Kam Poon Gi; Wonderful chicken dish. Chicken legs are somehow trimmed so that when they are fried the meat contracts towards the thick end forming a playful ball on a stick form. they are then stir fried is a ridiculously salty sweet spicy garlicky sauce that coats every crevice of the meat. I felt like a kid in the ice cream parlor as I took bites of this succulent, obscenely flavorful meat. I felt a little bit more adult as I dipped the boney end in the sauce and crunched upon the boney/marrow. A calcified korean dorito treat. Certainly low culture at its highest.
Shrimp in the kampoongi sauce. Same sauce different meat. Each shrimp is battered and fried so that it forms a little sphere of crispy saucy batter enclosing a tender little pink morsel of shrimp. It is so damn pleasurable eating this guilty treat that I think I could easily finish 2 plates of this dish by myself.
People you have got to check this place out if you haven't already. It is pure playful fun. Eating it feels like fast food felt before you realized that fast food dindn't taste all that good.
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