Sorry for the lack of posts recently - I have been away travelling through Poland and Germany with work, so upon my return, to help me out, our lovely mate Mrs D offered to host our Korean dinner for us.
Mrs D's husband had previously worked in Korea for about a year in 2005 and they are both big fans of Korean cuisine.
Around the table we had the usual suspects of Mr & Mrs D, Mr & Mrs W and our mutual friend Mr V who were all very excited to taste test the fabulous feast from Korea, and to wash it down with Hite and OB beers, Soju (a Korean spirit made from sweet potato) and a Korean plum liquer.
- Chicken Ginseng soup
- Beef Bulgogi
- Seaweed rice balls and kimchi
- Chicken a la Chris Sutton
- Assortment of pickled radish, green beans and white bait
- Sweet pancake with green tea ice cream
Yet again Mrs D came up trumps with a starter of delicious warming chicken ginseng soup, followed by sticky dumplings (Mandu) – these are my absolute favourite thing on the menu. The Beef Bulgogi which had been marinated in soy and chillis and garlic for 24 hours was served with a smoky barbecue sauce and wrapped in a lettuce leaf which made the taste light, crunchy and just superb.
Chicken a la Chris Sutton was a concoction that was served to Mr & Mrs D in a bar in Seoul. The lovely, smiling barman only knew two phrases in English – 'My service' and 'Chris Sutton'. Mr D had gone to the bar and explained to the barman that he was from Glasgow – to which he replied 'Aaaaah, Chris Sutton' who was a player for Celtic at the time.
The next thing Mr D knew, the barman was bringing spicy chicken wings to him served on a bed of mashed potatoes and was saying 'My service – Chris Sutton' and smiling a lot. So in honour of the lovely gentleman in the bar, and of course Chris Sutton himself, we had to serve the same dish!
A really beautiful menu, incredibly well executed and a very worthy 9.5 out of 10. The 0.5 was lost only because the soju which was very bitter and made me judder after every sip! Though the Korean plum liquer tasted very nice indeed.
All of the food that in these recipe's came from K-mart on Rue Saint Anne in the 1st arrondissement of Paris (between Palais Royal and Opera).