On this cold and rainy day, many are probably craving some hot tortilla soup, or in New Orleans--some seafood gumbo or a big bowl of red beans and rice. But I had kimchi soup on my mind. The backstory: I have never eaten Korean food before and I have enjoyed the pics from Stephen C and others from Koreana Restaurant. Being the cheapskate I am, I knew I probably wouldn't be going there in the near future. However, a friend told me about this place in the back of the market with full meals in the $6-7.00 range. I had to try it. What to try: Thanks to Elieena E from Houston and her professional, extensive pics of every dish on the menu and the menu board, it was easy to come to a decision. Today it would be the kimchi stew in a boiling hot bowl/pot with rice and banchan (all the pickled sides). I bought a melon soda (with natural sugar) from the front and ordered and paid for my meal there. I have never had a bowl of soup remain so hot even with the last bite. What an experience. I'm still trying to decide whether I like the whole banchan thing or not. There was some tofu, kimchi, spicy tofu, nori/ dried seaweed (still don't know why that was there. no sushi around), and my favorite banchan was pickled squid I believe. The dishes here come from the safe to the "Offal" (its when you really don't want to know all the organs in the bowl :). There is fish roe, tendons, and tripe etc. Everything is clearly written on the menu board in Korean and English. Someone said to try the Korean short ribs next. eats: - kimchi stew/soup with rice and pickled sides (banchan) - pickled spicy Korean fermented cabbage (kimchi) and tofu in a delicious minimally spicy tomato broth: tangy, crunchy, savory, and light yet rich. The banchan that came was kimchi, spicy tofu, dried nori (seaweed), and pickled squid. You know, I didn't find any of these earth shaking. The kimchi really wasn't too spicy or overly flavorful. The soup was so satisfying. - buys: - melon soda $.99, had the word sangria on it, tasted like a wine soda like the Mexican Sangria soda, Senorial. Good, not too sweet. - crown peach chews $.99, like hi chews, very fruity intense flavor. - chang gu honey dipped snack $1.99. These are basically cereals in a bag, just look for the savory ones to avoid buying a sweet one. - wang roasted chestnuts $2.99. they say roasted, but they always seem boiled to me, not as good as the ones I find at the Filipino grocery, nuts still in half cracked shells, lacked flavor of the ones at the Filipino store (Chockdee). takeouts: - please tip nice ladies doing the cooking - store pretty crowded and stuff piled everywhere - lots of cakes and pastries near register - one of the yelpers took some nice pics of all the dishes including the full menu. Study it before you go in.
Daryll B. on Mar 9, 2015