Yesterday I was helping out at my friend’s work and then met Boo-chan and Hori-san for dinner in Shibs (渋谷 Shibuya) at Ton-chan (とんちゃん). We hadn’t been to Ton-chan in a long time, and it was Hori-san’s first time.
Ton-chan specializes in samgyeopsal, and even thought it’s on the second floor it’s hard to miss with its bright orange sign and cute pig mascot. In spite of it being a weeknight, it was stillcrowded (as usual).
1. The inside is simple, with many round tables surrounded by small round stools. Since the ventilation in most bbq style places are bad, your clothes tend to smell. 2. So you put your bags/jackets/whatever in the bottom of the round stools so they won’t smell, then put the lid back on to sit down.
1. Sam gyeop sal is a very poplar Korean dish. It consists of grilled fatty slices of pork belly–looks like uncured bacon. 2. Like most Korean restaurants they serve a variety of endless side dishes.
1. After the meat is cooked, it is cut into smaller pieces. You can dip it in the sesame oil seasoned with salt and pepper and eat it as is. 2. Or you can eat it with veggies.
1. Take a piece of Korean lettuce, add the meat dipped in the seseame oil, and put some of the onion mixture on top of it. 2. Next add some kimchi, and don’t forget the grilled garlic slices. Next roll the lettuce and prepare to eat it.
Open wide and get ready for yummy deliciousness!
In the midst of lettuce wrapped pieces of meat, we ordered soondubu jjigae (純豆腐鍋), or Korean spicy tofu stew. It is served boiling hot in a stone bowl with firm tofu and seafood. It’s also topped with a raw egg that is mixed in the stew. It’s spicy yet satisfying.
We ended the meal with fried rice (焼き飯 yaki meshi). The waitress came to our table and made it for us. 1. It begins with two bowls of white rice placed on the grill. 2. Kimchee and the mixture of onions are added.
3. The kimchi and onion mixture is cut into small pieces, and sesame oil is spread around the rice. 4. The kimchi and onion mixture is mixed evenly into the rice. It is also being fried on the hot plate.
5. After the rice is completely mixed up, it is spread out again on the hot plate. 6. Then it is topped with cheese, and we wait for the cheese to melt before digging in.
And here is the wonderful end product- crispy fried rice with cheese melted to prefection! Very tasty!!
After a long day of helping out my friend, this meal totally boosted me up and gave me my energy back-hahahah. Oh how I love Korean food. What type of Korean food do you like?
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