28 (Sun) June 2020
Ggot Kimchi Jjim
at Hamjji wa Baejji
-Seongsu, Seongdong, Seoul, Republic of Korea-
with the Family, MtG and his son, KIT and his family, CJH
Hamjji wa Baejji is a Korean restaurant. Specializes in budae jjigae. The name of the restaurant is a portmanteau of “ham jjigae” and “bae(bacon) jjigae.” Founded and operated by my friend KIT, alongside his The Kimchi Jjigae empire.
It was the first occasion for us to eat out with non-family members this year. Seemed appropriate to do so at KIT’s new place, closed on Sundays, opened just for us, which made the occasion feel a bit homier.
Ggot kimchi ijjim is a Korean dish, sort of invented by KIT. Consists of braised kimchi and bacon, topped by slices of pork belly arranged in overlapping layers like the petals of a flower (ggot). Sautéed at the table.
It was awesome. The kimchi, from KIT’s kimchi jjigae business (see generally 7.301 The Kimchi), paired perfectly with the pork belly and smoky bacon (also pork belly). The aromatics were critical in providing a fresh and light counterpoint to the otherwise intense and heavy components. The most delightfully surprising dish that I’ve had in recent memory.