Christmas just isn't a big deal in our family. We rarely exchange gifts, and often our parents are out of town. This year, Mr. Monkey's dad was in Vegas, and my Mama Monkey will be cruising around the Mediterranean until 2009.
Papa Monkey was back from France, though. After having lunch and watching the Laker game with him way out in the sticks (he was on call and delivered a Christmas baby that morning), we met Little Monkey Niece and her parents at Tahoe Galbi (3986 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, (213) 365-9000) for dinner.
Beware! Eat what you order, or else you will pay extra! Don't even think about taking any food to go! It is "net" allowed!
Brother Monkey got a Hite beer.
Panchan included bean sprouts, potato salad, seaweed, broccoli, kimchi, and japchae (cellophane noodles in sesame oil). The japchae was really good.
Sauces. Tangy and sweet on the left. Sea salt and sesame oil on the right.
LMN loved these thin square rice noodles so much. BroMo and I are big fans of these, too. I think they are the perfect cool, soft wrappers to hold charred meat. Nice balance.
Chadolbaegi (beef). So good drenched with sesame oil and sea salt.
Heumitgul (tongue). Better than you think. Don't knock it 'til you've tried it.
Bulgogi (thinly sliced marinated beef). This was both LMN's and my fave of the night. The bulgogi is to the left. The other stuff is more heumitgul.
Tahoe steak galbi. This is usually my favorite cut of meat, but Tahoe's version wasn't marinated enough to my liking. Still tasty nevertheless.
Samkyupsal (pork). Make your own bacon! Yes, that is a pat of butter on top.
LMN loved her meal for once. She usually hates to eat, but she ate bulgogi, rice wrappers, and bean sprouts all night long. She was very proud of her picture of BroMo. If you look closely, you can see her blue crayon masterpiece.
It's nice when both sides of the family get together.