Thursday, April 1, 2010

Bibimbap'n at Don's Bogam & BBQ

For as long as I can remember, my mom alway made: jasmine rice, one meat dish and one vegetable dish for all of our meals.  So, when I eat out, I prefer dishes that offer a starch, a meat and a vegetable.  It just does not seem like a complete meal without any meat !

As all proud carnivores should, I adore Korean food.  I don't get to eat it often because I just dont' understand why Korean food is so much more expensive than any other Asian cuisine.  For the price of one dolsot bibimbap, I could get like five banh mis or 3.5 bowls of pho.  What is with these Koreans?! 
But they know. 
They can charge anything, and I will still make my way to K-town to get me some darn dolsot bibimbap

Oh the beauty that is the dolsot bibimbap !  Perfectly cooked white rice with miscellaneous vegetables and your choice of meat (my trifecta!) served in a scorching stone bowl that stays amazingly hot for at least 30 minutes.  The rice continues to cook in the bowl and becomes crunchy as it rests against the stone surface. 

My favorite Korean meat is marinated galbi (short ribs) with bulgogi coming in second.  Don's Bogam is the first place I've found here that serves dolsot bibimbap with galbi or bulgogi and the place I keep returning to.

They serve the standard banchan here. 

I will let you in on a kind-of-secret-but-not-really secret: I have no idea what to do with banchan most of the time.  I hate vinegar.  And everything always seems to be prepared in such.  So...for sense of etiquette, I will eat the broccoli and the weird bean sprouts that often appear (but I really don't like it).  Let's get real.  Let's see the dolsot bibimbap with galbi already!!

Ahh, there it is.

Come closer.  Don't be shy.

Beautifully marinated and buttery short ribs and ever fresh vegetables.

Then after briefly admiring the beauty of the dish, you get to suss it up !!


I've been to a few places in K-town now, and the galbi @ Don's is the best of the bunch I've tried, and my current favorite.  Great atmosphere and nice BBQ tables.  Also they give you a couple Meiji chocolates (one milk, one dark) with your bill for an extra sweet touch.  A definite recommend!

17 East 32nd Street New York, NY 10016
(212) 683-2200
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1 comment:

  1. sigh, i suppose we had to disagree on something: I LOVE BANCHAN! hahahah

    but also, that galbi looks absolutely perfect. PERFECT. so perfect that i would break away from my pescetarian nature and eat it!