14 (Fri) May 2021
at Lee Sang
-Changgok, Sujeong, Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea-
After wrapping up the book fair in Dongtan and driving home 39 km through Friday evening traffic, I was too tired to cook, so I stopped by Lee Sang for dinner. I called the family at home and invited them to join me, but they opted to stay in. Fine by me.
When I realized that I’d inadvertently ordered only deep-fried dishes, all of them mild, I requested something spicy to keep things from getting too heavy; the manager brought me a small bowl of chili sauce, which had just the right amount of kick and a touch of sweetness, pairing very nicely with the tofu, the chicken, and the tonkatsu.
The restaurant – still the only non-Korean establishment in the neighborhood offering casual yet sophisticated food and drink – has become so popular that it’s usually packed by early evening, as we have been unfortunate to discover a few times, forced to eat elsewhere.
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