Cycle 13 – Item 49
23 (Wed) February 2022
Stuffed Tomato with Shrimp Salad
-Jae, Jongro, Seoul, Republic of Korea-
with RK, HRS + 1, LJK + 1
Dinner again with former colleagues from the public health field, including RK this time!
Same restaurant as before.
Another omakase-esque table d’hôte, different dishes, even better than last time. The stuffed tomato starter was the least interesting. The salad course took me by surprise with its balsamic pearls – hopefully more on that in a future post – but I was so excited that I forgot to take a photo.
Amarone is an Italian wine denomination. Originates in the region Valpolicella, part of the northeastern province Verona. Through the appassimento process, the grapes – primarily comprising Corvina – are harvested then initially dried for 3 months before going to press. This concentrates the sugars, also extends contact with the skins, resulting in a punchier bouquet and flavor, though not at all “sweet” in the standard sense.
On the prior visit, I was blown away by the Begalia Lorenzo Amarone Della Vapolicella Classico 2017. Explosive fruit, yet delicately balanced – unusually playful for an Old World wine – immediately accessible, yet packed with potential for growth.
I ended up buying a case of 12 bottles. At 85,000 won per bottle, the owner assured me that I was getting a major bargain (average global prices on-line hover around $45) – more important, he said, the wine was imported in limited quantity exclusively through his dealer, made available only to VIP clients. First time that I made a purchase under such circumstances. After receiving the wine at home, I immediately opened a bottle to confirm, yes, that the decision was a good one. I will keep them cellared and open 1 bottle per year.
(See also BOOZE)
(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)
(See also RESTAURANTS IN KOREA)