If you are in the L.A. area and are tired of eating the same Galbi and Samgyupsal at all the Korean restaurants, I have a treat in store for you.
SEOULTOWN TAPAS is a limited engagement event at BreadBar.
From Wednesday, February 24 – Saturday, May 1, 2010, BREADBAR, known for its artisanal hand-crafted breads and pastries, and luminary Chef Debbie Lee, a finalist on Food Network’s “The Next Food Network Star,” announce the debut of a new limited engagement guest chef event—“SeoulTown Tapas,” a modern take on Korean pub grub—exclusively at BREADBAR | West Third Street.
Pulling inspiration from her own heritage and Korean pop culture, Lee who was the opening guest chef of BREADBAR’s popular monthly Hatchi Guest Chef Series in June 2009, will tantalize tastebuds with a unique amalgam of “sool-jeep” (Korean drinking house or pub) small plates (starting at $8) soon to debut at her own forthcoming restaurant concept—a Korean-inspired pub—slated to open later this year in Los Angeles.
Christina Lee (of “Hi Krista”) and I (of Thursday Beauty Segments) were able to try out many of Debbie’s delicious dishes.
Christina had been on a fast and I had not eaten all day…. so please don’t judge us on the amount of food we ate. We did it for all you Korean Beacon readers out there! ;)
Small Dishes: $4
* Korean Rice Cylinders, Maple Smoked Bacon, Jalapeno Ponzu:
This was one of my favorites. Take Dduk (Rice Cake), Wrap in Bacon, and Dip in sauce. 3 of my favorite things in one small dish.
* Chips and Dip, Curry Bean Hummus, Wonton Crostini: Much better than the typical Chips and Dip, the Curry Bean Hummus has tastes of Dwen Jang (Bean Paste) with a slight curry flavor mixed in.
Medium Dishes: $8
* Sesame Flatbread, Soy Braised Pork, Perilla Pesto, Chile Tomatoes:
This was a favorite of Christina’s and mine. A Korean pizza-like dish, the Perilla Pesto is actually pureed Kket Neep (Leaf ) with sweet pork and tomoatoes. We were impressed with the creative use of the Kket Neep and the flavors created a great combo of sweet, strong, and mild… all at the same time.
* Modern Mandu, Pork Rillette filling, King Oyster Jus:
These mandus were delicious. The King Oyster Jus added a special touch to the familiar taste of dumplings.
* Mama Lee’s Meatloaf, Ground Rib Eye, Soy Onion Demi, Crispy Shitake Mushrooms:
This was one of Christina’s favorite dishes. The Meat loaf reminded us of the Ddong Goo Lang Ddengs (Mini Korean Hamburger patties) with a mix of American style Meat Loaf.
* Slow Cooked Cod, Chile Scallion Sauce, Roasted Daikon, Mountain Rice:
Soft Cod with Ja Ggok Bap (Rice with Beans) and very soft Moo (Daikon Radish)
* Sesame Doughnuts, Chestnut Glaze:
This was a really interesting twist on a Korean dessert. The taste surprisingly reminded us of the Korean honey cookies (shaped like flowers) with a mix of Chestnut and Korean Rice Cake Filling (the grainy kind)
* Debbie’s signature Bacon Shortbread cookies, served with Pine Nut Pralines, Honey Tuiles, and Magnolia Pear Tea:
Small Bacon bits in a cookie? Sold. Christina loved the sweet and flavorful Magnolia Tea with small bits of Korean pear.
I would say that the best way to describe the menu for Seoul Tapas is the familiar tastes of Korean food you’ve grown up with, with an American twist.
I find that Debbie was successful at taking tastes that you’re familiar with, and using them in surprising, delicious, and innovative ways that will leave you with a full belly and a smile on your face.
Some of the dishes change every week, so make sure to take a look at the online menu and pop in before you miss out on the chance to taste some delicious Korean Food… with a twist.
* Chef’s Recommendations include Curry Bean Hummus, Mama Lee’s Meatloaf, Modern Mandu, and the Fried Chicken.
And when you stop by, tell them Irene and Christina sent you! =)
*~ Bon Appetit! ~*