Monday, November 18, 2013

Krazy for Korean!

Being that I'm half Korean it makes sense I would love Korean food. I grew up with sticky rice and fresh kimchi as household staples. My sister and I would constantly fill up on rice cakes, seafood pancakes and the always popular bulgogi (marinated & grilled rib-eye, usually served with rice, hot bean paste and lettuce for wrapping-the english translation is literally "fire meat"). Korean cuisine has recently gained notoriety in the foodie world, especially in urban areas like NYC. Here in Manhattan we have an entire block dedicated to all things Korean (aka. K-town). There are many great Korean restaurants here and you can find this delicious cuisine in every form from food trucks to fine-dining establishments. My most recent fave is a no frills mid-town spot called Madangsui- It's nothing fancy but the food is spectacular! The New York Times even awarded Madangsui a star which is a huge deal. Any star from the Times is considered an honor especially for a small, casual dining Korean spot. They serve booze which is a plus and are often very busy but you can still walk in and be sat fairly quickly if not immediately. Menu stand outs include-ANY of their Bibimbap dishes (rice bowls with a variety of veggies & meats), all of their BBQ meats and Jap-Chae (sweet potato noodles with veggies, beef and soy sauce). I also love their Ddeok-Gook (a super flavorful rice cake soup). If you're feeling a lost, visit this link for a little Korean food 101-

즐겨 (Enjoy!)

Korean "Banchan"-small side dishes served as compliments to your meal (ie. free food-Yay)! 
"Banchan" is usually a mix of veggies, kimchi, beans and spicy seafood.

My Ddeok-Gook soup! 

My friend's spicy seafood Bibimbap served in a hot stone bowl. This dish was full of flavor with just the right amount of spice (FYI-I love spicy food). The rice was perfection, it literally came out sizzling. Mmmmmm. 

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