Woo Nam Jeong Stone Bowl House is another place that had been on my radar for a decade, but one that I never seemed to make it to. Not being the biggest fan of Korean food, these restaurants tend to get pushed aside for something else, when I am in the area. It is in the same shopping center as Nam Chun Hong (another place that I had put off visiting for a while because it was Korean), and is equally as nice in side. When I arrived, there was a note on the door that beginning some time in April, they would be closed for lunch on Wednesday because “Grandma was tired” and needed a break. The wording struck me as funny. After looking through the menu, I decided what I wanted and the ban chan arrived.
Banchan are small dishes, served with rice that are typically serevd with Korean meals. The literal translation is “side dishes”. These arrived before my meal – from the top left: potato, cucumber, caramelized green beans (these were really good), cabbage kimchi, stir fried fish cake (these had an unexpected “kick” the end), soybean sprout (kongnamul-muchim), radish and green onion. Emptying four of these during a meal, plus the rice, is a personal record for me. For the meal I ordered the beef bulgogi,
which arrived as this plate full of sizzling marinated beef. This was a fine dish and about half way through the meal, an older Korean woman walked by and I asked her about one of the banchan dishes. I asked if she was “grandma” and she answered that it was her kitchen / her restaurant. A great lunch although somewhat expensive.