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ham-ji-bak, short review


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ham-ji-bak, short review

bigjeff | May 17, 2007 10:26 AM

went to this place for a lovely mother's day dinner (good thing we had reserved a table, it was jam-packed, with a line out the door by 6:30pm).

both my sister and I have been there before, and had their well-known pork belly bbq (thick, unmarinated and uncured pork belly in huge slices, grilled, served w/ lettuce, thinly sliced daikon, vinegar and soy powder, etc. seeing as we were with our health-conscious parents, we just opted for pork bulgogi, and various items off the menu. the meal was excellent, filling and festive, had a great time.

- pork bulgogi (a bit salty, but absolutely delicious, nice crust on the meat from the marinade)
- kimchi with pork and tofu (basically a bit repetitive of the bbq we got, but that's okay. had some duk in it too, quite tasty, but we couldn't finish it)
- kalbitang (clear short rib soup with some turnip/veg, absolutely tender beef and quite delicious broth)
- seafood pajun (crispy, seafood flavor permeated and throughout, and just delicious. it's always better in a restaurant just because when I make it at home, I just can't bring myself to fry as much as restaurants do)

as for the banchan, great stuff; they gave us a miniature bo ssam which was nice, some great tofu, a few different vegetables, a few different salads, all kinds of stuff. I like their trimmings for the bbq (the romaine, the daikon, scallion salad and various dipping sauces and powders). they also gave us kimchi chigae which I found a bit too sour for my taste, but I know that's how its supposed to be. very tender chunks of beef in it tho, delicious.

we didn't end up finishing all the food so we stopped by H-mart after to pick up some duk that could be thrown into the kalbitang along w/ some more broth, and also into the jaeyook kimchi bokeum (kimchi with pork and tofu) for a hearty meal the next day.

seeing as there are so many other korean places in this area of upper northern boulevard, I'd like to try the sam soo place (not sure of the name). I also like the chicken place (they serve hacked up chicken in a huge circular grill thats built right into the table) along with a great hangover stew (has spam, sausage, tofu, kimchi, etc.) not sure of the actual name of this place, or its dishes, but its just before that overpass on northern, around 190th street or so.

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