December 11, 2011 · 7:00 PM
This is an ADVENTURE outing because nothing is known about this place. I saw an ad in a Korean paper and that's all the info that seems to exist. There is nothing on Google and no Yelp reviews for this restaurant. Since I like Korean/Chinese cuisine, I'm looking forward to trying this place and those who know me know I like unusual places and things to try when exploring Korean cuisine so this will be the first in a series of extra-adventurous dinner outings.
Yanbian is a region in China, just at the border with North Korea. They have regional specialties in cold noodles and dumplings. Both Chinese and Korean are spoken as official languages, which goes to show how well mixed the cultures are (and likely, the food), however the original 60% ethnic Korean population had shrunk to 32% by the year 2000 according to Wikipedia. Here is the article from Wikipedia for the curious: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yanbian_Korean...
The menu very much resembles a northern Chinese menu with spicy dishes, innards such as pigs heart, liver or intestines (not for me!), cumin dishes and wild descriptions such as "sea pumpkin with elbow" and "sea hare with leek" (sea hare is a sea slug) and sure of course there are plenty more harmless sounding things like "ribs with chinese kimchi" and a favorite of mine, "Braised dongpo pork hock with brown sauce" which I thought was a Shanghai dish.
Let's explore the menu together and maybe try interesting things such as fried pumpkin, dry tofu with hot pepper and who knows what else!
You must be an ADVENTUROUS eater to have a good chance of enjoying yourself here. If you like beer I see an ad for 1700cc for $9.99 which seems pretty reasonable.
RSVPs close this Friday at 4:30PM so please you must really be committed to your RSVP.
I scanned in my copy of the menu I got from the Korean Paper.
Get the picture file here: http://files.meetup.com/1410441/Yanbian.JPG