Their blog section on food called Word of Mouth was talking about the release of Gill Partington's Axis of Evil Cookbook. Graham Holliday turns out to enjoy Korean food and lists his top 5 spicy Korean dishes. Number four on his list is samgyeopsal, and its marriage with soju--this is where he linked to my video (taken by HC) post on the idol of every Korean child, Soju Man!
This made me think of my memories of samgyeopsal so with that in mind, let's bring on a food post! This was one of the local samgyeopsal restaurants located minutes away from our officetel in Mokdong. The best part was the owner spoke perfect English which was a surprise! This restaurant was part of a chain of samgyeopsal restaurants located around the city:
Of course, once you've ordered you are bombarded with side dishes and everything is placed on the grill for you:
Looking back, I have honestly never consumed so much pork in my life! Samgyeopsal is so fatty--but yet so delicious! Here we have some sausage and mushrooms added into the mix too. Before...
My lettuce wrapped sausage with some samjang (which I have not had in a long time):
Some of my Korean friends like their samgyeopsal cooked medium, but personally I like mine grilled to a crisp. I am pretty sure the overconsumption of samgyeopsal leads to uncontrollable flatulence, but don't ask me to verify that for you...muahahha
Umm...right...anyways, most galbi and samgyeopsal places have the hot coals brought to your table for cooking. This place had copper grills hooked up to gas. The taste definitely is much better cooked with coals though. Speaking of that, have you ever wondered about the life of the "hot coals" guy who brings the heat to your table? Check out my candid videos of this flamer (no pun intended) hard at work!