Had a nice Sunday-night Korean barbeque (charcoal) this weekend at Chicago Galbi.
The side dishes, while not as numerous as most places (I think there were only 6), were very nice. The kimchee was especially good and very well-fermented. I enjoyed it so much I had to order a second plate. Just did a little Google search and learned that kimchee is said to benefit one's health by restraining the growth of harmful bacteria in the intestines and promotung the secretion of pepsin, a protein-digestive enzyme. Nice to know!
For the grill, we had chicken marinated in spicy sauce and bul gogi sliced paper-thin. It cooked in a flash over the fragrant coals, and was most excellent wrapped in crisp lettuce with that rich miso paste and a little rice.
A bottle of soju served over ice rounded off the meal. The kind we ordered had a high percentage of tapioca, and it had a lower alcohol content and a sweeter, smoother taste than other sojus I've tried. I like soju so much more than sake these days. Liked it so much I stopped into a shop a few doors down and bought a couple of bottles for later use (markup: $16 in the restaurant; $6 in the store). Maybe I'll make sojutinis. I know how much everyone appreciates those.
Good Korean barbeque, nice space, good service. I'll go back.
3752 W. Lawrence