Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Winter Trip

The train is my preferred means of transportation when I travel to New York. The scenery along the Hudson River is interesting no matter what the season. This winter has been cold and stormy so it was fun to see the ice in the river and the snow along side the train tracks. Visiting New York means I get to eat at Gahm Mi Oak my favorite Korean restaurant.

The ice on the river is chunky. Rain the night before left a meringue like glaze on the snow.

Gahm Mi Oak interior thru a glass clearly- groan, groan.

Their kimchi is the best!

My favorite dish - yook hwe. Sliced raw beef, sliced Asian pears, sesame seeds, raw egg, lots of garlic all seasoned with pear juice and gammeeok's special sauce. The raw egg comes in the flower petal carved cucumber and is mixed into the yook hwe.

View from my hotel window.

Gahm Mi Oak
43 West 32nd Street
New York, N. Y.


YTSL said...

Wow, sbk, that Korean sliced raw beef dish looks wonderful! Have eaten steak tartare, raw wagyu beef sushi and an Ethopian raw beef dish ("cooked", like steak tartare, by the spices) but so far, have only had cooked stuff in Korean restaurants. Maybe I'll try to remedy the situation this weekend... ;b

Glenn, kenixfan said...

Interesting indeed.

SBK, your food pictures are almost as good as YTSL's!

Maybe I should get a digital camera and take pictures of the delicacies I eat in this area?

Burmese food at Mandalay Restaurant?

Chili Dogs at 1:00 AM at Checker's drive-thru restaurant?

Pop-tarts in the car at 8:00 AM?

sbk said...

HI Glenn,

Thanks and yes we might enjoy pictures of Burmese food and Chili Dogs. It's hard if not impossible to find either in Vermont. What is Burmese food like ?

Glenn, kenixfan said...

First I should note that one of my coworkers is quite familiar with that restaurant in your entry. There is some unique Korean soup served that that sounds...medicinal but interesting.

I always tell people that Burmese is like a mix of Thai and Indian since Burma is near both. The curries are similar to a Thai red curry. But there doesn't seem to be an overreliance on spiciness -- at least not at Mandalay -- which you may find at some Thai restaurants that try to up the ante on the hot flavor of the food.

There's two yellow bean dishes that I like a lot, partly because I've never seen yellow beans like those -- like chickpeas sorta -- on another menu anywhere else in this area.

Glenn, kenixfan said...


Glad to see you recently watched Sakuran!

Loved it. I *think* I did a post on it on my blog about a year ago.

sbk said...

Hi Glenn,

Small world. Does your coworker like the restaurant? The soup is, I think, Sul Long Tang-snowy white ox-bone soup. Good for cold winter days, etc. The people at the next table were eating it. I almost asked to photograph their food too. However I felt a tad silly taking pictures of my own meal so didn't.

The Burmese food sounds good. I visited Burma many many years ago and the food we ate was a Burmese idea of what Westerners ate.

The costumes were so gorgeous in Sakuran. I'll check out your review.

YTSL said...

Hi sbk --

*Sob* Went to a Korean restaurant for lunch today, only to find that they don't serve yook hew at lunch time. So had to console myself with the kalbi instead... ;S

Glenn, kenixfan said...

She informs me that it is sam gye tang.

She insists that it is quite rare to find but I keep saying that one of the hundreds of Korean restaurants in this area must serve it as well.

I looked up my "review" of Sakuran and I'd hardly call it a review, LOL.

Did you buy or rent the film, if I may ask?

I ask, because I purchased the pricey R3 Taiwan DVD and was quite happy with it -- very nice package, just not enough English subs on the extras.

sbk said...

hi ytsl,

Sorry you didn't have yook hew :-( Kalbi is good too-did you cook it yourself at the table?

hi Glenn,

I didn't see sam sye tang on the menu but I'm given the English menu which has pictures plus I think it's a summer dish. Yes, there are a lot of Korean restaurants in this area but this one has a limited menu, doesn't seem to cater to tourists and is usually busy.

I rented Sakuran. I've been renting rather than buying DVDs lately as I already have so many. I decided to treat them as I do books and only buy ones I will watch many times.

Glenn, kenixfan said...

That is a very interesting comment coming from a book person!

When I was an English major, I had this idea that I would keep all the fiction and poetry that I read for school and for pleasure.

That idea is long gone due to space issues, money issues, time issues.

I now collect DVDs like I once collected books!