Had a festive dinner with 5 friends at Koreana last night. I am a complete ignoramus when it comes to korean bbq and korean food in general, but I did my best and we surely enjoyed both the food and the atmosphere.
To start, they put the Dice-K vs. King Felix matchup on the big projector screen. Major props!
We started out with some scallion pancakes, shumai, and a house special fried rice. The scallion pancake was a bit thicker doughier than I like, but still good with a nice soy-sauce based dipping sauce and a heavy scallion flavor. Also had some nice shumai that were not gummy at all. I really liked the house special fried rice...though I know some will stone me here for ordering it. But it was a mixed crowd of varying tastes, and this white, eggy, chicken friend rice was at least a crowd pleaser.
For entrees we split bulgogi, galbi, and and pork bulgogi, extra spicy. A couple of the ladies also ordered some assorted maki rolls which were proclaimed good, but which I did not try.
The cooking process made for some hilarious confusion, as no one was quite sure what to throw on there. The dizzying assortment of accountrements that accompanied the meat were a bit much for these 6 gringos to process, but we did our best and had a good time doing it. I thought the galbi was the highlight of the evening, fatty, moist, flavorful...much better than the bulgogi, which I thought a bit flavorless, even when cooked very rare. What is the deal with the little dumpling wrappers? Are you supposed to make dumplings and grill them? Eat the wrappers cold? I did like the little dish of hot green chiles and garlic. They went especially well with the spicy pork.
the evening ended with a complimentary cold cinnamon tea that was extremely refreshing. Can someone tell me what this is called?
All in all, a good time, especially with the beers flowing and the game on. Next time I'll bring someone who knows what they're doing.