My parents are in town, and they ask, Have you had flavored soju? and I want to say, What the hell?! Where’d you have flavored soju?, but they answer my question before I can ask. We had some with gomo and gomobu when we got dinner.
They flew into Baltimore because that’s where my aunt and uncle live before driving up to New York, and, on their way into New York, they nicely stop by H Mart in Jersey, stocking up on Korean staples like cham-gee-reum and kimchi and go-chu-jang and dang-myeon and a ton of other crap to fill my pantry. I’m grateful because it’s a pain in the ass, trying to lug all those groceries from 32nd St, on the Q, to my apartment, especially rice.
I text you a photo of my stocked pantry. You text back, Soooo when’re you making me Korean food? I really want this and this and this ...
My aunt and uncle also drive up to New York for a day, my little cousin taking the train down from Boston, and we go to eat Korean barbecue. Samwon Garden is apparently the oldest barbecue place in Korea, and this is their first ever location Stateside — and, sure, they’re known for their way of marinating kalbi, but I’m mostly here to eat their beautiful steamed egg dish, gye-ran-jjim.
Gye-ran-jjim might be a standard side dish at any Korean barbecue place, but, here, it’s this beautifully puffed, soufflé-like thing. It has more body than it does at other places, less liquid, more of a spongey texture, less slippery custardiness, and I love it. I could eat this whole thing by myself, then I’d order another one to eat, also, by myself, and, later, when we’re texting, you ask, Ok so how was the meat? Isn’t that what you went to eat?
it was good but omg THE EGG
I’m surprised you’re not an egg.
Did you have the flavored soju?
omg flavored soju is bomb it tastes like juice and gives you just a little bit of buzz and doesn’t fuck up your stomach or taste like rubbing alcohol
don’t drink it
you wouldn’t like it it’s too sweet for me too
You know, it’s not that hard to punctuate.
eh you understand what i’m saying don’t you anyway we should go here when you’re in nyc bc omg THE EGG