11.304 Chicken Makhani


4 (Wed) November 2020

Chicken Makhani


at Zaal

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

with the Family

Zaal is an Indian restaurant.  As written/pronounced in Korean, the name of the restaurant “Zaal (jal) (잘)” means “good/well.”

Located in Wirye Central Plaza.

Recalling that I was in India on the Wednesday evening following the 2016 US presidential election day, when it was called in favor of Trump (see 7.309 Tremendous), I arranged for us to eat Indian food tonight, the Wednesday evening following the 2020 US presidential election day, as yet uncalled for either Trump or Biden, as yet entirely possible either way.

I am praying for karmic reversal.

Naan (2.5): made with fresh dough, cooked in a panini grill – a rip-off at 2,500 won per tiny/thin piece (1 piece shown above); after 4 orders, we were still hungry.
Palak Paneer (2.0): the spinach was oddly grainy, the cheese was suspiciously mozzarella (the menu described it as “cottage cheese.”)
Tumeric Rice (2.0): beyond the color, it was standard Korean rice – a rip-off at 2,500 won per bowl.

The food, as Indian food, was meh.  My general impression was that the owner/chef, also the server/busser/dishwasher, had visited India, maybe even lived there for a while, found inspiration in the cuisine, learned to cook it, maybe even studied it, then everyone encouraged her to open a restaurant, so she did.  Everything tasted okay, but fell way short in terms of authenticity, at least as far as my admittedly non-expert palate could tell.  Still, I’m quite pleased that Indian food is finding a mainstream audience in such mainstream environments.

(For more details re food, see WHAT)

(For more details re venue, see WHERE IN KOREA)

2 thoughts on “11.304 Chicken Makhani

  1. Looks good! Ahhh I miss the days of eating out. We’re currently in our second lockdown, which has now been extended at least to the end of November. No restaurants, no gyms, no gatherings, etc.

    Yet schools are open…? 🤷‍♀️

    1. Strange that you would choose this post to reflect on your longing to eat out. In any case, I am so grateful that I am living in a country where in-store dining is available and relatively safe.

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