Friday night, we met some of Mr. Monkey's college friends for all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue at Si Gol Ssam Bob (480 N. Western Avenue, Los Angeles, (323) 467-0100).
See those vents on the ceiling? They are useless. Your clothes will smell like beef. Your bag will smell like beef. Your hair will smell like beef. I think even my socks smell like beef.
For $14.99, you can get unlimited chadolbaegi (brisket), kalbi (beef rib), bulgogi (thinly sliced marinated beef), samgyeopsal (pork belly), makchang and gobchang (large and small intestine), and some other typical accompaniments.
Some introductory panchan (side dishes).
The accoutrements for your meat:
Gyeran jjim (steamed egg).
Soju with hilarious packaging.
Kalbi in lettuce with ssamjang. I like kalbi the best.
Samgyeopsal. It's basically bacon.
Beware when grilling intestines. They pop and splatter a lot before they shrivel to their final crispy chewy state. I like mine really charred.
For $2.00 extra, you can get all the small squid you can eat.
I kind of felt like Sigourney Weaver tackling Aliens.
After you give up on grilled meat, you slurp up dongchimi guksu (cold noodle soup with daikon and green onions).
I'm not usually a fan of cold noodles, but I do like them after a meaty meal like this. They feel oddly cleansing.