Korean comfort food: Kalbi-tang
When I met some new friends from the Philippines last July, we accidentally discovered a restaurant serving good kalbi-tang in Seoul. “Kalbi-tang” or “beef rib soup” is one of my comfort food. I’ll be posting a list of my fave Korean food soon! Kalbi-tang is beef rib boiled for hours until soft. Its soup is flavored with soy sauce, jujube, gingko nut, garlic, cabbage,glass noodles and garnished with strips of fried egg on to. It kinda reminds me of “nilagang baka” except that the former has no potatoes.
The best “kalbi-tang” I’ve had by far is in a restaurant in Cheorwon (about 1 1/2 hours north of Seoul). I couldn’t find the picture of that beef rib soup but I remember how I felt when I first tasted it. Think Ego in the movie “Ratatouille” when he visited Gustav’s.
The weather newscaster tonight said that it’s going to be like early winter next week. Just the perfect time for a steaming bowl of “kalbi-tang”. I might just visit the restaurant again that is located somewhere in Dongdaemun! I can’t even recall the name of the restaurant. An order of kalbi-tang there is 7,000 won but it’s soooo filling and it’s filled with pieces of beef. I could finish a whole bowl, but if one is on a diet then better check the food intake or read about alli side effects. ;p
Anyway, I’m looking forward for a bowl of steaming kalbi-tang hopefully when we revisit Cheorwon. In the meantime, I’ll just be satisfied with this picture: