The last time I was at Soot Bull Jeep, I willed myself to ask them what was in there marinade. With the assumption that it was a tightly held secret, my strategy was to compliment and inquire in tiny little steps. Loose version of the dialogue:
"Excuse me. The kalbi is ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! What is in the marinade?"
<Smile from the waitress.>
"Is there honey in it?"
"Is there garlic in it?"
"... Anyway... It's fantastic. I'm in heaven. I wish I could make something as great as this."
<Another smile and then she walked away.>
I gave up. I realized my complimentary dialogue had quickly turned into an inquisition - very awkward. I wish I knew some Korean so I could have developed a rapport with her. Maybe then she would have easily given up the marinade recipe that I covet.
To the point, 'hounders, anyone have an idea of why the marinade is so darn good? Is it the honey? Is it the garlic? Is it magic? If anyone out there managed to get a recipe from these lovely waitresses please share your strategy! I would love to hear your story! Hope to hear from you soon!