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Aug 17, 2012 04:05 PM

Korean menu help needed

Went to a new to me Korean restaurant today for lunch. This particular town has had a huge influx of Koreans due to them moving some auto plants over. This restaurant seems to cater almost exclusively to Koreans ( I was the only Caucasian in there and I heard not one word of English spoken) although they were certainly friendly enough to me. Apparently you can actually pay in Korean currency.

First I would like to know what the brown things are in the bottom right of the attached picture.
Second I would like to know how to tell them not to put the egg on Bibimbab. I failed in my attempt to order tea so I really don't think "hold the egg" is going to work.

This was not my lunch, I borrowed the picture from webs. I had a box lunch with Bulgogi that also had the aforementioned brown things.

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  1. This was my lunch btw. Normally I would not take a picture of food in a restaurant but I was by myself and everybody else was dicking around with their phones so I took a shot for my wife. This was a lot of tasty food for $6.95, a bowl of soup was included and not in the picture.

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    1. re: kengk

      I don't really know what I'm talking about (in general and in Korean specifically), but try "no egg":
      아니요 달걀 ah ni yo gal dyal (as a memory jog, try thinking "I knew your gal doll' - AH NI YO GAL DYAL)

    2. I figured out on my own that the intestine looking stuff is actually fernbrake.

      They have several different Bibimbab on the menu and I feel that I can eat whatever manner of offal or unknown things they throw at me. The fried egg is a show stopper. No way I can eat it. I could handle it raw.

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      1. re: kengk

        Well, this is a switch. So many people will eat cooked eggs, but never raw eggs. Why won't you eat a fried egg?

        1. re: Tripeler

          Eggs are my kryptonite, a scrambled, fried or worst of all, boiled, egg is about the vilest thing imaginable to me.

          Don't mind raw eggs in carbonara or ceasar salad or them cooked into certain things. I'm working on it. Have recently started making and eating strata. Especially odd given that I raise chickens for eggs and meat.

          1. re: kengk

            I have a friend who has similar egg "issues" - I will say that in the bibimbap it often ends up being more like the egg consistency in fried rice and she's fine with ordering it. After served, the idea is to mix up all the ingredients together.

            There's a place where I go to (in a city that is very new to Korean food), and for non-Koreans they'll often offer to mix up the bibimbap for you. My friend never looks at the mixing, but after it's served it's not very prominent.

            That being said, if you don't want it near the meal - then there should be a way to get them to leave it off.

            1. re: kengk

              I have the same egg issues....I feel your pain.

        2. Here is a small section of the menu that I hope will be legible. Based on the prices of other things on the menu I assume the Jeongol is meant to serve more than one. Does the two prices simply refer to a small and large size?

          For perspective, an order of Daeji Bulgogi on the dinner menu is $17.95

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          1. re: kengk

            Yes, the two prices are for "medium" and "large". Even the medium is probably way too much for one person, but I guess it depends on the restaurant (and the person).

            The egg in bibimbap is sometimes fried and sometimes raw. If it's a "dolsot" (hot stone bowl) bibimbap, as in your photo, the egg will probably be raw, as it is in your photo. In which case you would eat it, right? Just don't let it touch the bowl, or else it will turn into a fried egg…

            If you want to talk to them in Korean, I think you could say "keran opshee bibimbap moggle soo ee-sumneekka" (Can I have the bibimbap without egg?) But then what if they start talking back to you in Korean? I would really be surprised if they didn't understand "No egg, please" in English…

            1. re: DeppityDawg

              If "tea" brought a blank look, I'm skeptical "no egg" is going to work but will give it a try. I may put a zip loc bag in my pocket to smuggle out any fried eggs.. : )

              The two Bibimbab on the dinner menu (one Dolsot) do not refer to an egg, the lunch special one does.

              Most everybody else was eating enormous bowls of soup, spoon in one hand, chop sticks in the other.

              I'm going to be working over there again next week and plan another solo lunch.. Later on I'm going to sweet talk my wife into going with me for dinner. She does not share my enthusiasm for Asian food.

              1. re: kengk

                Were you ordering the tea to drink with your meal? That could explain the blank look, because it's not a common practice for Korean food. There are many, many interesting after-meal drinks that fall into the category of "tea" for Koreans, so just asking for "tea" at that point could also cause some confusion.

                1. re: DeppityDawg

                  That makes sense now that you say it, everybody else was drinking water or beer. I had water.

          2. I'm not positive, but I think the brown things are yam noodles.

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            1. re: mrbigshotno.1

              The brown things are called 고사리 (kosari) in Korean. Dictionaries translate 'kosari' as bracken, but I believe they're fiddleheads. I've seen fiddleheads mostly in farmers markets and they're green, so I wonder if that dark brown color comes from how they're prepared or if they're a different type. But I had some the other day and could see the distinct round young fern shape.

              1. re: tamagoji

                They are also sold in dried form which is what I think the ones I had were.


                1. re: kengk

                  Boy, was I all wet on that one! Sorry