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Mosaic Festival – Food and Music

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M and I had a chance to check out Mosaic this year and it was awesome.

Tacos

With vendors representing Palestine, Bhutan, Burma, Vietnam, Korea, the Caribbean, Iraq, the Congo, and others I’m forgetting plus two food trucks, there was a lot of food to try!

Chiba Chiba Dumpling and Taco Corner dishing out the goods.
Trucks

Killer dumplings and Hong Kong sausage from Chiba Chiba
Dumplings

Burmese Banana Cake
Banana Leaves

banana cake

Kabobs, somosas, and Congo-style scotch eggs plus killer pili pili hot sauce
Congo

Hibiscus and Ginger drinks from the Caribbean – pro tip from the Jamaican friend we made, mix the two 50:50.
hibiscus and ginger

Hummus, falafel and some stuffed and fried dumpling from Iraq
Iraq

Strange soda from Korea – awesome tagline!
Milki

Vendors
Vendors

The crowd
Mosiac

All in all it was a lot of fun. Good music too, a Jewish bluegrass band, some singers from Nepal, and one heck of a Bollywood dancer doing his thing. Be sure you’re there next there!

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Seoul Garden

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Never judge an ethnic restaurant by its cover.

I had driven by Seoul Garden countless times and for whatever reason had never tried it.  Something about the dingy exterior and the Korean BBQ Steakhouse sign had me thinking it would be your basic low-rent, cliche Japanese steakhouse experience.  No sir.  Not Seoul Garden.

This place is far from American-ized and each time I’ve been, there’s been a healthy percentage of Koreans eating there.  Always a reassuring sign.  The lunch menu consists of a number of soups, such as the excellent pork and kimchi soup above, a few rice and noodle dishes, and some bento-box type options like below.  Prices are usually in the $5.99 – $8.99 range, a great deal.

I’ve been three times now and ordered a kimchi soup each time, once with pork and twice with beef short rib.  Even though I want to try other things (like this funky tofu and egg soup) I can’t not order the kimchi soup.  Something about the unctuousness of the long-cooked fatty pieces of beef or pork and the sharpness and heat of the kimchi… Man.  Good stuff.

Typical of Korean restaurants, the meal starts off with banchan – little plates of snacks and condiments.

And typical of banchan, it’s pretty hit or miss.  The funky apple and noodle slaw type stuff in the bottom left is awesome, some of the others are kinda ehh.

They end the meal with a little bowl of what’s basically a cinnamon granita (or cinnamon slushie as my 11 year old sister called it.)  It’s basic and there’s not much to it, but it’s tasty and a nice way to end the meal.

Seoul Garden is on W. Market up the road from Super G mart and some of the other restaurants we’ve tried.

Dasarang Korean Restaurant

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Nothing like a nice light lunch.

It started out as a quest for tofu.  Sounds like a strange quest right?  Well that’s Good Eats In Greensboro for you.  We like it weird.  However D&H Tofu, which will hopefully be featured soon, is closed on Wednesdays.  Instead we wound up here.

They lured me in with the menus in the window.  Stewed pork belly, spicy kimchi soup, shortribs, bulgogi, bibimbap – it didn’t take much more convincing.  Dasarang is another awesome ethnic restaurant located in the Fantacity shopping center. It’s a nice, clean little restaurant.  There are probably 10 tables total, most seating 6 or more.

We were promptly greeted and given menus.  It smelled really good inside, like sesame oil and garlic.

Apparently I’m not very good at taking pictures of menus because that was the very best one.  Check the bibimbap description though – how can that not be awesome?

I ordered spicy kimchi soup with pork and tofu and M ordered the bulgogi.  Special on fried dumplings today?  Whyyyy not.  After a few minutes of waiting, out came a cart covered in food heading right towards us.  This part is one of my favorite things about Korean food – banchan.  Banchan are little plates of various kimchi, vegetables, pickles, and to be honest I’m not really sure what all else.  This time it was kimchi, some kind of cold sauteed greens with sesame oil and soy sauce (really really good), crunchy bean sprouts with more sesame oil, some kind of funky zucchini dish, and what I think were cubed turnips in chili paste.  Add rice, those delicious dumplings and the original entrees we ordered and that’s a lot of food.

Note how it doesn’t all fit in the frame.

I’ve got to hand it to them, everything was really delicious.  The spicy kimchi soup lived up to its name.  It had a nicy funky tang from the kimchi and the tofu was surprisingly delicious.  I could go on a rant about tofu haters here, but I’ll save that for the D&H Tofu post.  M’s bulgogi rocked.  I’m honestly not sure what the spices were, but I know it’s finely chopped sauteed beef, onions, scallions, garlic, and something else I couldn’t put my finger on.  Lemongrass maybe?  Who knows.  I found myself reaching across the table to her plate pretty frequently.

Fun to eat and share, delicious food, and really friendly waitstaff.  Go check it out.

Khan’s Mongolian Grill & Hibachi

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EDIT: This place is now called Zali’s. I haven’t been back, but I’ve heard from co-workers that their Mongolian BBQ lunch buffet is great.

Khan’s Mongolian Grill is a Korean/Japanese restaurant in the Fantacity International Shopping Center, home of the Super G Mart grocery store and a whole host of ethnic restaurants.  My friend recommended Khan’s to me after he visited, so when M and I were debating where to eat dinner, we decided we would give it a shot.

My heart started racing when I saw Korean BBQ and Bibimbap.  Having never had either of them, I was in a quandary – what to get?  M, my dad and sister were of no help.  They were set on the build your own bowl option shown below.

Kimchi salad was pushing me towards the sliced spicy pork bbq, but after our waitress assured me that bibimbap came with kimichi as well, my decision was made.  Bibimbap it was.  Along with those traditional Korean dishes, you can see Khan’s Japanese influence in a few ways – the udon noodle option for the bowls, the gyoza appetizer, and of course the hibachi options.  We got the gyoza as an appetizer (4 dumplings for $3.95)

The somewhat greasy little dumplings were filled with pork and vegetables and served with soy sauce and a small salad with ginger dressing.  For the price I thought they were pretty good.

The build your own bowl menu was slightly confusing.  The non-descriptive titles of the sauces left us guessing, but our waitress brought us out a few samples of different ones.  Also not mentioned on the menu, they are ordered by heat level, with the ones at the bottom being the spiciest.

When the meals finally arrived, I was greeted by this beautiful sight.

Shredded pork, beef, zucchini, carrots, lettuce, bean sprouts all on a bed of rice and topped with a fried egg.  It came with kimchi, pickled daikon, and miso soup.  Huge amount of food for $9.95.  After giving it a good mix, I gave it a bite and while very good, it was a little bland.  I added all of the kimchi and the daikon which helped.  Not sure if that was a traditional move, but it gave the dish a little more flavor.  The kimchi was somewhat spicy, with a nice sweet, sour, funky thing going on.  Very good.  The pickled daikon added some brightness and acidity.  The shredded pork was sweet and tender.

The rest of the crowd went with the build your own bowl option, which I forgot to take a picture of.  M tried the honey soy sauce, which was great, but was incredibly sweet.  Way too sweet for me.  My dad tried the Mongo sauce and his was my favorite.  The variety of ingredients, especially vegetables, was nice and the serving sizes were huge.  Our total bill for 4entrees, 1 appetizer and waters came to around $46.00.

I am curious to try the BBQ sometime, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the bibimbap.  Apparently there’s a lunch buffet, but I can’t comment on that.

If you have a particular affinity for Korean food or want a reason to go check out Super G Mart, stop by Khan’s and give it a shot.

-R