11.173 Samgyeopsal


26 (Fri) June 2020



at Yuksiri

-Changgok, Sujeong, Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea-

with the Family

Yuksiri is a Korean chain restaurant.  Specializes in grilled pork.  Currently 19 locations throughout Korea, including a branch in Wirye.

The restaurant is located in the same shopping center as Lee Sang (see generally 11.162 Modeum Sashimi) and Jang Bong Dal (see generally 11.171 Suyuk), as well as a coin-op laundromat.  We brought our clothes dryer from the Philippines, but it turned out to be incompatible with the local electrical system.  We have to buy a new one, haven’t gotten around to it yet, so we’ve been doing our laundry at the coin-up laundromat.  I hadn’t realized that Korea even had coin-up laundromats, which makes sense in light of the ever-growing population of singles who don’t live with their parents.  Anyway, not that we ever need a reason to eat out, we had dinner while waiting for our clothes to wash.  Reminds me of college.  W had never done coin-op laundry in her life (prior to marriage, she had never done her own laundry at all).

They made a big deal about making “fresh” rice to order in individual pressure cookers.

Server: “And how much rice would you like to order?”

Me: “Can I decide later?”

Server: “It takes 20 minutes to cook, so you should order now for it to be ready by the end of the meal.”

Me: “What if we order rice now, but we’re too full to eat it later?”

Server: “You’ll be charged for it anyway, so you’ll have to eat it.”

Me: “What if we finish the rice and want more?”

Server: “You’d have to order another batch, which would take another 20 minutes, so you should order enough now.”

1 order of hangjeongsal (left) + 2 orders of samgyeopsal (center, right, top).
The restaurant is known for impeccable table-side service, including precise cutting and arrangement of the meat, which shouldn’t make any difference, but it did seem to make the meat look tastier.
Four condiments (from left): ssamjang, wasabi, sea salt, fermented anchovy paste.
While fermented anchovy paste may seem incongruous, the spicy saltiness provided an ideal counterpoint to the richness of the grilled pork belly.
The rice came out perfectly cooked, a great way to finish off the meal with kimchi jjigae.

The rice was so good that we did end up wanting more.  We ordered another batch.  The server did his best to keep a straight face.  The laundry was still drying, so we had time to wait.


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