March 1, 2012
Yoohoo! It’s sexy Korean food time! Bow chicka bow wow! And what’s the best way to show off some sexy Korean meat than through our FAPFAP videos? (FYI, for those of you who might not know, FAPFAP stands for “Food Adventure Program For Awesome People”) Consider it a smaller version of our WANKing videos. Since Martina’s ankle is still hurting, we can’t go out and WANK in public, since it requires a lot of walking. Hopefully she’ll be better by next week.
But enough of that! On to the food!
So today we’re going for traditional korean food, at a restaurant aptly named, Korean Traditional Restaurant…very original guys. Now a lot of foreigners tend to steer clear of these restaurants because A) everything is written in Korean and B) the food is very unfamiliar. By unfamiliar we mean: you could end up ordering something that has an unrecognizable cow body part or 45% gelatinous seaweed that has the texture of whale boogers. We’ve been to this restaurant lot and tried to order almost everything. When Simon ordered whale boogers he was not impressed.
Big cultural difference we can’t get used to is wet seaweed. We enjoy dry roasted seaweed and sometimes we even eat it as a snack on its own, or with some plain rice and kimchi. The variety that has been roasted and oiled with olive oil is particularly delicious, but wet drippy snotty seaweed just has a texture we were never introduced to growing up except in fruits, veggies, and meats that had gone bad, so I think we just have bad associations. Oh well, can’t win them all! Moving on!
The local fast food Korean diner has just about everything on the menu, but it doesn’t have the dishes from this restaurant which are a little more expensive due to the quality of meat and time required to make them. A local quick fast food diner will cost you between $1.50 – $6.00, but this restaurant is between $5.00 – $12.00 for a one person meal. They also have large shared meals which are served on a burner and they go for $28.00 – $45.00 but that’s with big pieces of prime beef. Check out the menu here to get a look at their prices.
Now besides our warning about odd animal body parts and seaweed there are also some incredible dishes that have been slow cooked for hours and are just fantastic. Simon order the GALBI JJIM DDUKBAGI which are made of 갈비찜 galbi jjim (beef short ribs) and served in a 뚝배기 = ddukbaegi (earthenware pot). This is kind of unique thing since galbi jjim is usually served for many people, but the ddukbaegi is a way to serve both bulgogi and galbi jjim as a solo dish for one person. It turns into really more of a stew then the normal bite off the bone kind of rib. It’s served with mushrooms and green onions and it can be spicy or mild, but Simon’s was unusually spicy today.
I went for the WANG MANDU SEOLLEONGTANG which has 왕만두 = mandu (large pork dumplings) floating in 설롱탕 = seolleongtang (ox bone soup broth). Remember when we did our video on Wang Mandu? Yeah…this is them, in soup! Now this is kind of a twist on the normal version of seolleongtang, which usually has an addition of clear noodles instead of the mandu, but both these versions come with mushrooms and thinly sliced beef brisket. The broth itself is made by slowly boiling ox bone for hours until the flavour has been extracted and you’re left with a milky looking soup. It reminds me of how Japanese ramen is made, except they use pork bones to get that deliciously greasy and rich broth. *droooool* Now technically I’m eating a super old fashion dish; this is something usually granddads and grandmothers enjoy but…I guess I have no excuse…I like it! It is rather plain tasting but you add salt, pepper, and hot pepper flakes to your taste. I find the mild flavour rather comforting but Simon finds it boring. *Simon taking over here* Martina also has sucky taste in desserts and definitely prefers “granny” type snacks, like ginger cookies and angel food cake and other crap that tastes really boring. BOO TO YOUR TASTES, MARTINA. BOO!!*
So that’s it for this week. We didn’t have a big blooper section, because we didn’t really get to be too goofy, with Martina’s foot and all. I feel so comforted in using that as an excuse. Didn’t make a video: Martina’s foot! Played 12 hours of Skyrim straight: Martina’s foot! Not sure how that qualifies…but it does.