Since its debut in 2010, I’ve been excited for the offerings at South Korea at Food & Wine.
The lettuce wrap has been offered since the beginning, but I only felt, while beautiful in presentation, was only okay in flavor. I always anticipated more from its kimchi slaw. I still have yet to try it since that first time in 2010, but it’s always appeared the same.
This year’s new menu offers a Mung Bean Pancake with Shrimp and Kimchi Sauce.
It replaces last year’s delicious Boolgogi BBQ Beef with Steamed Rice and Kimchi ($4.25) and 2010′s Barbecue Short Rib with Steamed Rice and Cucumber Kimchi ($4.25). You can read more about last years offering, including some of the wines, here.
The kimchi sauce was spicy, but was reminiscent of a diluted sriracha. The mung bean gave the pancakes a slightly sweet flavor which countered the heat nicely.
The pancakes had a lot of well-prepared shrimp inside, and I was very happy that they weren’t overcooked. The serving size was also fair for the $3.00 price tag.
While I’m happy that there is a less expensive seafood offering this year, I would have liked to have seen a beef option in addition to the pork and shrimp (and yes, I know many would have like to have seen this dish nix the shrimp for a vegetarian option!). I picked around the shrimp to find a piece for Matt to try, and he thought it was pretty good. It’s a dish I may or may not order again, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s replaced next year. I will say it’s worth a try as something new, though.
If you’ve tried the Mung Bean Pancake with Shrimp and Kimchi Sauce, let us know what you thought! Did you try the Lettuce Wrap with Roast Pork and Kimchi Slaw this year? How did it compare to 2010′s or 2011′s?