My husband would eat at Choi’s a lot when he was still working, due to a multitude of reasons, but the main was the proximity to his old office location. He would take me there on our days off together, which weren’t often, but we never had a meal we didn’t like, nor could finish. We love Korean food!
On each of our visits back home, we make a point of stopping in for a bite and a chance to say hello to Momma Choi, the owner-chef, she always remembers us. “Eh, where you been?” And the feast begins. Momma brings out the typical Korean accompaniments: a tofu and seaweed soup, kim chee, a bowl of steamed rice, daikon, my husband’s favorite, and Spinach Tofu Salad with this wonderful sweet-spicy Korean pepper dressing, WOW! I eat the tofu and DH eats the spinach (sorry I didn’t get a photo of it, but you get the idea).
We ordered a #4 (Kalbi, Meat Jun, Fried Man Doo) and #5 (Kalbi, Chicken Katsu, and Fried Man Doo) plates that we shared.
Okay, so, now you’re asking yourself, what is all of that?
Kalbi is Korean BBQ Beef Short Rib, with the ribs cut flanken rather than English style. Meat Jun is super thin beef dipped in an egg mixture and then pan fried, oh and a lovely dipping sauce too. Chicken Katsu, we’ve talk about here in the past, it’s chicken cutlets breaded in Panko Crumbs and shallow fried. The Fried Man Doo is simply a pork dumpling that’s fried, but Momma makes her own wrappers nice and thick, they have a great bite to them, also dipped in its own sauce, MMM. Each plate is served up with Bean Sprouts and Cabbage, both are blanched and seasoned, think of them as your salad.
This visit to Choi’s was no different than any of our others, we had almost enough food left from our two plates to make another meal for both of us, OH WAIT, we did! I just made a fresh pot of rice and that’s dinner.