Cycle 13 – Item 174
28 (Tue) June 2022
1++ Ggot Galbi Set
at Baekeok Hanu
-Yeoksam, Gangnam, Seoul, Republic of Korea-
Baekeok Hanu is a Korean restaurant. Specializes in grilled hanwoo.
For our second (and final) night out (see previously 13.172 Gamja Twigim (Frietjes)), the plan was to treat EE to an unforgettable meal of top-notch hanwoo.
Unwilling to stray beyond walking distance of his hotel, unfamiliar with the Gangnam Station area, I did a Naver search and found Baekeok Hanu. Reviews seemed generally positive, with photos to match.
Alas, the meal was disappointing. First, despite what prior photos depicted, the meat was not grilled on live coals but on a stone griddle heated underneath with a gas stove – live coals are standard at any self-respecting beef restaurant, especially those serving hanwoo. Next, though billed as top-grade 1++ rib fingers, the meat was not particularly tender or flavorful. Finally, the side dishes were blah. A total rip-off at 171,900 won, including drinks and other items.
In any case, EE seemed to enjoy the food, even if he wasn’t overwhelmed by it.
Afterwards, we ended up at a beer place, one of those self-service joints offering a wide range of global brands at reduced prices (see generally 3.251 Deep-Fried Smoked Chicken).
I learned 2 interesting points about Belgian beer culture. First, Belgian always drink beer from a glass. Second, Belgian beers are typically served in their own uniquely shaped proprietary glasses, which are supplied by the breweries.
I look forward to seeing EE and his family in Hanoi, someday soon.
(See also BOOZE)
(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)
(See also RESTAURANTS IN KOREA)