Kalbi House in White Plains, NY – Take Two, Still Excellent

Sometimes when a restaurant is good and you love the dish you had before, you must return to repeat the experience. One good experience could be a fluke but multiple times, now that’s called data validation. This is exactly what I did with Kalbi House, a Korean BBQ restaurant in White Plains, NY. See my first post on Kalbi House here.

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Here are the starter side dishes. As excellent as I remembered it.

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Here is another view of the starter side dishes. If you love the side dishes, they will keep on coming. This is a standard practice in Korean restaurants.

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Dolsot Bibimbap (Stone Pot Bibimbap): I compared this picture with the one from the last post. They look remarkably similar. What consistency! This is my favorite Korean dish. It was so good the last time that I ordered it again. And it still is excellent. The friend I brought along was very satisfied with this dish as well. The crunchy rice at the bottom of the stone pot was such a hit!

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Nakji Bokeum: Stir-fried mini octopus and vegetable in spicy sauce. This was something new that we tried. It was very good. The noodles were flat in taste but the octopus was good.

Although Kalbi House offers sushi, I have always only ordered Korean dishes. I like to go to a Japanese restaurant for sushi and a Korean restaurant for Korean food like the bibimbap. Crazy! Right?  Kalbi House makes very good Korean food at a decent price. The decor of the restaurant leaves a lot to be desired (the table we sat at was a little sticky) but that is secondary in my book. So bring your friends, bring your family and order Korean.  Enjoy!

This experience took place at

Kalbi House
291 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606
(914) 328-0251

So Gong Dong Korean Restaurant in Hartsdale, NY – Recommend for the Tummy and the Soul

So Gong Dong is a Korean restaurant in Hartsdale, NY. My friend and I were going for Japanese BBQ in White Plains but since my friend had never tried kimchi before, we ended up at So Gong Dong tonight. I was honored to be there for his first introduction to kimchi. 🙂 #koreanfood

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Here are the side dishes that came with the meal. From right to left, we have bean sprouts (non-spicy), kirby with chili and vinegar, kimchi, and daikon with jalapeño. The egg on the most left is for my tofu dish coming up. Very satisfactory indeed. My friend said that Christmas had come early for him! It took me another 10 mins before I realized that I was completely happy with this line up. Yes, I was a little slow tonight.

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Soondubu Jigae: Korean silken tofu stew in a stone pot with options such as seafood, beef, dumplings, etc. I asked for the seafood and beef option. I then chose the spicy level which I went for regular. The last step is to choose between kalguksu (Korean thick noodles), ramen or hot stone bowl of rice. I had the hot stone bowl of rice since I liked the crunchiness of the rice at the bottom of the bowl. They cracked the egg and dropped it into my stew while it was bubbling hot. 🙂 Really cool.

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My friend, being a novice to the Korean cuisine, was not shy in ordering the same. He also went for a Soondubu jigae: he chose kimchi on the hot spicy level with ramen. This is such a risky behavior for someone who has not had this dish before but he went for it. Brave! It was spicy enough!!! I think not only did Christmas come early for him, the New Year’s eve also arrived much sooner than expected.

Highly recommend this place. Good winter food that warms the tummy and the soul with a small check for the wallet. The entire meal pre-tip was a little more than $25. Go on Monday nights.  The service was fast and they leave you alone to chat until you are ready to leave.  Happy.

The experience took place at

Do Gong Dong Tofu * BBQ
411 N Central Ave
Hartsdale, NY 10530
914.397.1790

Kalbi House in White Plains NY – Korean Dolsot Bibimbap

I have been jonesing for some Bibimbap, one of my favorite Korean dishes. Spending a month in Taiwan this Summer never led me to a Korean restaurant. You would think that at least the geographic proximity would make the cuisine more popular but not so. I had to come back to New York to get my fix. This Sat I went to the Kalbi House in White Plains to try the stone pot Bibimbap or Dolsot Bibimbap.

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The side dishes that automatically accompany a meal in a Korean restaurant. All very yummy and if the American salad were more like this, I could eat it everyday. The Korean side dishes have umami when compared to most of the American salads that always make me feel like a horse eating hay.

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Dolsot Bibimbap: This is how the Bibimbap looked when it first came. Isn’t it beautiful? Look at the egg!
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Dolsot Bibimbap:
Here is how it looked after I mixed everything together and added the chili pepper paste. Because the rice is in a stone pot that came hot, the rice was crispy and slightly browned at bottom. The rice was also in chunks. When you mix the rice, you get both the softness of the rice and the brown and crunchy pieces from the bottom. I absolutely loved it!!! 🙂

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Jo Gae Tang: Clam and vegetable in broth casserole.  Look at how big the clams are and how fresh.

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Nabeyaki Udon:
Because we were in a Korean restaurant, Japanese food were also on the menu!(?) I really don’t get this fusion approach. It really confuses the issue. Please stick to what you do best and don’t give a bastardized version of the Japanese Nabeyaki Udon. In all fairness, it was not bad but it was not authentic.

Overall, I was very happy with this experience and will definitely return to try the famous Korean BBQ, their broiled fish, Korean pancake, rice cake in broth, and nakji bokkeum (stir-fried mini octopus in red chili sauce)! See how I already picked up my five meals at the Kalbi House.  Thumbs up!

This experience took place at

Kalbi House
291 Central Ave
White Plains, NY 10606
914-328-0251