Thinly Sliced Beef Korean BBQ
One of my favorite restaurants to eat at is called Dolbaegi Jip (돌배기집). This restaurant is located near Suwon Train Station. I like this place because the quality is very high, but the price is not.
They don't offer dozens of side dishes or menu choices, however, this is important to maintain highstandards. If I want a bunch of everything to be mediocre, I will go to a buffet or something.
There are several different main courses to choose from. You can enjoy marinated thinly sliced beef, or unmarinated. I always go for the unmarinated thinly sliced beef called Chadulbaegi (차돌박이), it is 9000 KRW ($7.50) per order.
I also get a side of rice wich comes with a little soybean soup for an extra 1000KRW. Usually this is enough to share with another person.
As we were feeling extra hungry, we got a bowl of cold vegetables called yeolmu-naeng-guksu for 5000KRW.
In total the bill was 24,000 KRW which is around $21.00.
Like all Korean BBQs, the meat comes to the table raw and you need to cook it yourself. I like doing this because it is aways hot and I can cook each piece exactly to my liking.
Although I didn't drink anything this time, cooking slowly also helps pace yourself with soju. One bit per shot is how I do it when I visit with my friend.
You can grill garlic and then dip it into their signature Chaya sauce which is really complicated to make but sort of tastes like soy sauce and vinegar.
The side soup which comes with the rice is called dwenjang-Jjigae. It is technically a stew and is made with fermented soybean paste. I really like to eat it. I enjoy it more in the winter or with soju, but I was hungry and more interested in the rice.
I'm trying to cut down meat and at 1000KRW for rice and soup, you can't go wrong. Now before you get an idea of being ultra cheap and fabulous, You cannot order this without ordering a proper main because they would lose money.
The yeolmunaenguksu is something I don't often order here, however my friend wanted one because it was hot. I tried a bit and it was good. It is basically assorted vegetables in a cold sauce which is similar to kimchi sauce. There was also a small piece of meat in there for some reason.
Overall I really like eating here and I try to visit at least once every couple of months.