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il san duck bbq -- tried it tonight...

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il san duck bbq -- tried it tonight...

t-bud | Sep 17, 2003 02:33 AM

went around 8:30 - not a soul (seoul?) to be found! we were literally the only patrons. i thought that was odd, given the hype. the super-friendly proprietor, named "Yes Ono No," claimed that the lack of a liquor license was keeping customers away in droves. what a shame. anyway, on to the food...

we ordered the special clay pot duck (due to the absence of customers, no pre-ordering was necessary). soon after kimchee, etc. the proprietor came to the table with a beautiful duck on a platter. with a pair of scissors, he proceeded to cut open the bird to reveal a beautiful rice stuffing studded with fruits, cooked in the juices/fat of the duck. skin was golden and crisp in places, but not crackling. meat was perfectly cooked -- moist & tender & steaming. rice attained a sticky-rice consistency, perhaps due to duck-fat. also tried the corn rice porridge. i thought all three of the aforementioned would have been helpfully awakened by liberal sprinklings of salt. and the rice would've been further enhanced with more fruit, too, in my humble gastronomic opinion.

all in all the meal had integrity, and the dining experience was unique. i recommend.

in all seriousness...if you've been wanting to go but were putting it off, now's probably the time. because if that liquor license doesn't come thru in the next month or two, the kindly proprietor will be forced to close his doors. (apparently the lack of liquor is an insurmountable deterrent for its korean client-base.) in light of this, if any of you chowhounds have a friend in city gov't, maybe you could facilitate this hardworking duck-monger's liquor license struggle.

enjoy.

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