"Y'know, there's almost too much meat on these ribs."
"Y'know, the terms 'too much' and 'meat' never belong in the same sentence."
The ribs under discussion were the kal bi at The Good House, a Korean restaurant on Park Street in Alameda. 2CHG were looking for lunch when we found this one.
The room was not large, but it was bright, and airy. The white walls were hung with rustic Korean farm implements and photos of antique artifacts; a wooden waterwheel occupied the front window. At our table, an aged-looking glass-topped wooden case held the knives and spoons.
Our hostess was friendly and attentive. We were quickly served hot tea. As soon as we ordered, the waitress brought bowls of hot soup. It was cloudy like miso soup, but tasted more like chicken broth, and great to sip on a cold, rainy day.
The kal bi, barbecued short ribs in a teriyaki-style marinade, came accompanied by steamed rice and a variety of small dishes of condiments. These included cold sesame spinach, spicy small zucchini, kim chi, spicy cooked daikon, spicy fish cake, dried tiny fish in a spicy coating, and steamed mung bean sprouts. None of the spicy items was scorchingly hot; the meal overall left a glow on the tongue, not a burn. The kal bi themselves were thicker than I'm used to, thick enough to have a little pink in the middle, cut into individual pieces before cooking, tender enough to have been braised (although that pink inside argues they weren't). I've had enough overcooked or dried-out kal bi to put these way up on my list. The thickness allowed the taste of the beef to come through over the sauce, instead of the sauce dominating as often happens with kal bi. Since we all got ribs, I can't report on other items. But I'm going back today for something different.
The Good House
1319 Park Street, Alameda
(Between Alameda and Encinal)
Most lunch items $5.95, a few up to $8.95
Dinner items $7.95-15.95