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Korean in Beijing?

pepper_mil Aug 20, 2007 10:26 AM

Hi all, I am in Beijing for a couple of days and am looking for Korean recs. Things like barbecue, samgyetang, dok-bokki on the street, or nang myun. Also, where could I get Korean groceries?

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    chiappa RE: pepper_mil Apr 11, 2013 09:19 PM

    Did you ever find out?

    1. Charles Yu RE: pepper_mil Apr 11, 2013 09:42 PM

      I found out from my brother-in-law, who ate Korean in Beijing, is that they 'serve dog meat' in stews or braising style!

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        klyeoh RE: Charles Yu Apr 11, 2013 11:01 PM

        Charles, I'd had dog hotpot in Beijing and also Seoul, but think I preferred the Chinese version with herbs. The Korean one (poshintang) had dog bones in it, and the soup-stock was flavored with doenjang, served with spicy kochujang dip.

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          Kris in Beijing RE: Charles Yu Apr 11, 2013 11:07 PM

          I had bosintang in 2009 [so okay for This thread!] for my birthday.
          Mine was the stew kind-- more of a chigae-- and wasn't stellar. More of the experience than the flavour.

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            klyeoh RE: Kris in Beijing Apr 11, 2013 11:30 PM

            Same here - it was more for the novelty. But I didn't quite take to the Korean predilection for fresh sesame leaves though. These will be added to the poshintang, and also used as wraps for the meat morsels before eating. The dull, heavy scent of sesame leaves was too strong for me.

            That said, I'm really surprised to note that *all* my Korean colleagues and friends have a strong aversion towards fresh coriander leaves! Like they say, one man's meat is another man's poison.

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            NilesCable RE: Charles Yu Apr 12, 2013 04:14 AM

            I thought dog meat was forbidden in China now? At least I read this some time back and was also told so many times on my last two visits that you can only get it now in some "back alley" eateries.

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              klyeoh RE: NilesCable Apr 12, 2013 04:52 AM

              *Never* underestimate a (Chow)hound's keen sense of smell - even if it takes us to the back alleys ;-)

              Actually, the Beijing dog restaurant (in Chaoyang district) seemed more prominently positioned than its Seoul counterpart, which *was* literally smack in a back alley in the Gangnam district.

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                Kris in Beijing RE: NilesCable Apr 12, 2013 09:36 AM

                "Food sourcing" for restaurants that are foreign controlled is Completely Different from what a Chinese establishment would buy/ could buy/ would Want to buy.

                I never saw gou rou on a menu in a Chinese restaurant.

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