4 (Wed) November 2020
-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.”
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.
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)