Entries Tagged as 'korean bbq'

Tozi Korean Barbecue

March 27th, 2012 · No Comments


Go Ki-Mandoo Pan fried beef dumplings, served with seasoned soy sauce.


Dolsot BibimBop Steamed white rice served in hot stoneware bowl with assorted vegetables & ground beef, topped with fried egg, served with red chili paste.


Not a great photo, but you get an idea of the modern decor.


Tons of banchan (side dishes)


Tessa trying out the chopsticks.


Wang Kalbi Beef prime short ribs with bone marinated in Tozi’s special sauce.


Dwe Ji Mok Sal Pork shoulder meat marinated in toi’s special sauce.


Tozi Korean Barbecue

For dinner, Misty and Kelly wanted something different, something they couldn’t get in Green Bay, which has limited ethnic cuisines available. They said they have Indian food and Japanese, Chinese, of course. So, I tried to rack my brain to figure out where to bring them and what they might like.

While they were off shopping, I went to get a manicure and pedicure. The owner of the shop I went to was this little short Korean lady who reminded me a little of Dallas’s mom. Her eyes, her accent. And then it hit me! We could go out for Korean food! I realized that Cho Sun Ok would probably be slammed on a Saturday night, so I quick texted Christine, who is Korean and knows the good places. She reminded me that a new place called Tozi had opened on Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. She visited once and liked it. I looked on Yelp and it seemed big and open, not too crazy busy and it even said it was good for kids. Plus, it was on the not too far from where I live and would even be on the way home if our shopping ran late, which it did. Done and done, I booked an Open Table reservation right there from the nail salon.

Luckily Kelly and Misty were both totally up for trying it, so I didn’t have to go back to the drawing board. We took a cab to Tozi from downtown and it was not too busy at all (it was early – around 6:30 p.m.). We ordered mandoo for an appetizer and it was very good. Tessa liked it so much she snatched up the last one before anyone could even make a move for it! We also tried the bibimbap, which I had high hopes for since my last few bibimbaps have been terrible letdowns. I’m happy to report that Tozi’s bibimbap was fantastic. The egg was runny, the stone bowl was hot, you could hear everything sizzling as you stirred it up. We all shared this dish and everyone loved it. Tessa kept asking for more and more. She is a great eater and very open to new things, I found.

We also decided to do some barbecuing. We took our waitresses’s advice and got some kalbi beef and a spicier pork. I loved the beef. It had a great marinade and the grill gave it a good char. I didn’t love the pork, but Kelly and Misty liked it. I think we all agreed that the beef was better, though!

Tessa, my bathroom buddy, would also like me to mention that the bathrooms had very pretty sinks and mirrors! The sinks were deep glass bowls and the mirrors were framed with pretty mosaic tiles. She was very impressed!

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Cho Sun Ok

May 18th, 2011 · No Comments

A few weeks back we went out for dinner with Christine and Adam at Cho Sun Ok, a Korean barbecue restaurant. Christine is Korean and unlike Dallas, who is half Korean, she speaks fluent Korean. Dallas only knows a handful of Korean food-related words, even though his mom was born there.

Christine ordered all of our food for us. We had a ton of Banchan, kimchi stew, and a super delicious pajeon (scallion and egg pancake). For our main entree we barbecued slices of beef on the grill in the center of our table. Everything was really delicious, even if I don’t know what it all was! Christine basically just rattled off a bunch of Korean words and food kept coming and coming to the table.

At the end the waitress took all of our leftovers and dumped it in the grill, then dumped rice on top of it and let it get all toasty. Then stirred it up to make the best fried rice ever!

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Zippy’s and Korean BBQ in Honolulu

July 21st, 2005 · 2 Comments


Flying to Honolulu from Lihue


Flying to Honolulu from Lihue


Flying to Honolulu from Lihue


Flying to Honolulu from Lihue


Zippy’s, Honolulu


Zippy’s, Honolulu


Zippy’s, Honolulu


Zippy’s, Honolulu


Zippy’s, Honolulu


Zippy’s, Honolulu


Zippy’s, Honolulu


Aston Waikiki Beach


Aston Waikiki Beach


Aston Waikiki Beach


Aston Waikiki Beach


View from our room


View from our room


View from our room


View from our room


View from our room


Aston Waikiki Beach


Aston Waikiki Beach


Camellia Korean BBQ


Camellia Korean BBQ


Camellia Korean BBQ


Camellia Korean BBQ


Camellia Korean BBQ


Camellia Korean BBQ


Camellia Korean BBQ


Locked out on the balcony


Locked out on the balcony


ABC Store


ABC Store

A while ago, Dallas’ friend Steve, who lives in Chicago but grew up in Hawaii, gave us some frozen chili from Zippy’s, a chain of fast food restaurants in Hawaii that serves local food. I liked it so much that Dallas made sure that Zippy’s was our first stop after arriving in Honolulu. Well, actually, our first stop after a nightmare experience at Alamo. It took us close to 2 hours to get a car! By then it was like 4 in the afternoon and we hadn’t eaten anything all day and were in desperate need to find an ATM to get cash to buy lunch. So by the time I sat down at Zippy’s and ate it tasted extra good!

Even though Zippy’s was a definite place we wanted to go and eat, we tried not to stuff ourselves because in a few hours we had to puck up Kathy & Caroline at the airport and go out for dinner at a Korean BBQ, another thing I was really interested in trying out. So we checked into our hotel, the Aston Waikiki Beach, and rested for a while. I took a lot of photos of the view. Then we went to the airport and then out for dinner.

One funny thing – when Kathy & Caroline checked into their room they accidentally locked themselves out on their balcony. Luckily our room was the next one over. Dallas had to go in and call the front desk for them to let them in their room!

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