Cycle 14 – Item 139
24 (Wed) May 2023
LA Flower Preferential Treatment Rib
-Songdo, Yeonsu, Incheon, Republic of Korea-
In Incheon. Supervising a book fair this week at CI, my second one at this school (see previously 13.337 Veggie Sweet Potato Hamburger Steak). As with last year, given the work load and long distance from home, I will be staying in a hotel for the duration. This time, I will be joined by HK, our IRIS focal point.
CI Spring 2023 Book Fair (Day 2)
Staff were too tired (or claimed to be) to join me for dinner, so I was on my own. Too tired myself to drive anywhere, I was stuck with whatever happened to be within walking distance.
Jikhwa Daecheop is a Korean restaurant. Specializes in Korean BBQ. Miraculously, it is not part of a chain (yet).
Passing by the restaurant and glancing at the menu, I was intrigued by the offer of a bone-in cut of beef – a rarity in Korea. Described as “LA (presumably in reference to its American sourcing, not the marinated dish LA galbi (see for example 1.168 LA Galbi) + Ggot (“flower,” a metaphor for the marbling) + Woodae (“preferential treatment,” meaning top quality) + Galbi (technically, “galbi” simply means “rib”). Without really looking at the photo, or asking the server, I sat down and ordered it.
Assuming that the cut would be something of a tomahawk chop, which is growing in popularity here these days, I was a bit disappointed to find that it was just a long rib bone with part of a long rib finger attached.
The meat was okay. The best part were the bits attached the bone. Perhaps worth the money, but not worth gorging on.
(See also HANSIK)
(See also RESTAURANTS IN KOREA)