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chosun galbi- 2 meals

augustiner | Aug 18, 200904:07 PM

I'm visiting austin from san francisco right now. i haven't had the opportunity to check out everything i'd like to, but i have been to chosun galbi twice this week. the first time i was taken by my dad straight off the plane. my mother had given him strict instructions to order a bunch of galbi and haemul pajeon, or seafood green onion pancake. we ordered three orders of galbi (the yangyeom, or marinated type) which was grilled at the table. the flavor was excellent, and the beef was tender, if a bit fatty. the in-table grills were electric. is there any real wood charcoal korean barbecue in this city? haemul pajeon was crisp on the edges if a bit soft in the center. the green onions were huge and kind of unwieldy, but it was a decent enough version. didn't care all that much for the panchan. there was a weird molded potato salad that i didn't like at all, but the kimchi was alright, and i don't usually see gobo root in korean restaurants.

today my mother took me there. i had the LA galbi and naengmyon special. this was just what i needed today. this time the galbi was cooked in the kitchen and was the advertised LA variety, but just as tasty as i'd had previously. i opted for the mulnaengmyon, or the cold noodles in a chilled tangy broth. the noodles came in a broth that was appropriately half liquid, half slush, as it should be. i took one unadulterated sip and i thought it tasted really good. rich beefiness cut with the refreshing tang of radish kimchi. they placed the bottles of hot mustard and vinegar to customize my broth. i may have added a little too much vinegar, but that's my fault. the noodles had a great toothy texture, and the sliced asian pear and cucumber was refreshing. the half of a boiled egg was also a nice surprise. it wasn't overcooked. i don't know why people can't seem to properly boil eggs. not a hint of green in the yolk!

sorry i can't find the address...713 E Hunt..huntsomething sorry!
my mother said her doenjang chigae (soybean paste stew) was bad, with chunks of pre-frozen seafood. my niece's bulgogi lunch special came in a bento with fried rice, a couple fried mandu, some tempura, and two pieces of california roll. i didn't touch any of it, and she barely did either, but that's becuase she's six and seems to only like meat.

if i lived here i'd probably go fairly frequently. or actually, i'm not familiar enough with the area's korean places to know...what do you guys think?

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