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Try a Little Something New

I’m all about a new adventure, be it food, travel, you name it.  I’m not sceered!  Well, usually not, but even if I am, I usually go for it rather than take a chance on missing out on something wonderful.

Yesterday’s lunch was something wonderful.

A group of ladies in my department go to lunch once a month, drawing from suggestions we have all submitted.  Yesterday we went to a great Japanese restaurant that just hired a new Korean chef. I thought that was odd interesting, but after going, I now see the best of two great worlds colliding.

I have ventured a little into Korean food, but not a lot. Maybe a spicy pork something here, a little squid or octopus there, but not much.

Yesterday I ordered (per the suggestion of my colleague, who is Korean) the Bulgogi (beef) Bibimbap ( think Hanson – mmmbop, similar pronunciation I think). No, I didn’t ask for it, I pointed at it, as my friend gave some specific instructions to our waitress in a string of about 70 words a minute, with gusts up to 90.

Here is the lovely, scrumptious bowl of goodness.

Bibimbap (stoned)

Now, I’m not even going to pretend that I know every ingredient that was in there, but can tell you it was amazing.  It did have thinly sliced spicy beef, rice, thinly sliced carrots, cucumbers, mushrooms  and other vegetables and a bit of squid. Topped with that perfectly cooked egg, it was served in a piping hot stone bowl.  The bowl is so hot that anything that touches it sizzles for a minute.  There is a golden brown, crispy layer of rice in the bottom of the bowl.  Everything is mixed together before eating, and of course I added a little sriracha-like sauce to heat mine up a bit more.

There is a little side dish there with anchovies and squid to add if you like.

All this to say, if you step out of your comfort zone a little on the food-front,  you can be pleasantly surprised.  Try a little something new, try a little something different.

Be adventurous!

I’m now in search of another culinary adventure.  Suggestions?

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