Another great meal at YongSuSan today.
I decided to ask my wife out on a date so we dressed up and headed to YongSuSan.
Theyve re-done the main dining room and have new tables and wall coverings. No more peach-colored tablecloths and walls. Now the tables are a nice dark wood, and the walls are updated with nice artwork.
We ordered the Special Table DHote menu because it had many things we like.
The best item was the scallops, which were skewered with broccoli and mushrooms and fire-grilled to give each ingredient a nice delicate fired crust. Delicious. We will order this ala carte next time.
The vegetable-filled crepes were fresh and the waitress filled them with the 9 different vegetables then served 2 of the stuffed crepes to each of us.
The short ribs were flavorful as always. Thankfully none of these dishes was too big, as the meal had about 15 different items. I always like the deeply marinated potato that comes with this dish.
The mungbean pasta was tasty, and along with the spicy-sweet salad of bean sprouts and cucumber, it made a good start-off point.
We got 2 types of kimchi. One was served with thick-cut pork similar to bacon. We dipped the pork into the provided fish sauce then wrapped it in kimchi. The variety of flavor and texture was quite good. The second kimchi came as a standalone plate. It was a big ball of cabbage, which, when opened, revealed layers of kimchi in varying thicknesses.
The steamed cod was okay, although I think I prefer the baked version. This one seemed too oily to me.
The creamy pumpkin porridge was also good, if a little rich to start off the meal.
They ran out of rice cakes, so we didnt get the soup with them and the meat. Instead they gave us some sashimi with a spicy citrus sauce. I liked this.
At the end, we got to choose our last dish. I got the neng myun, or cold buckwheat noodle soup, while she got the steamed rice with soup. Both were good, but I think I preferred her dish, as it was hot and seemed a fitting end to such a great meal.
For dessert, we got mochi balls filled with honey and sesame. They were tasty, but I dont particularly care for the texture of the mochi. And of course we got a cup of the cinnamon-flavored tea with a pine nut.
It was $35 each, or $70 for both of us before tax and tip. Well worth it in my book. The meal took about an hour and a half.
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