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LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Dubujib, Grand Summit, Korean, Liangmaqiao | 1 Comment »
Dubujib means tofu house in Korean, and the restaurant specializes in tofu-based Korean soups. Located in the basement of the Liangmaqiao Grand Summit, it is tucked away in the farthest corner, next to the currently shuttered food court. Don’t let that put you off, it is worth the visit!
Knowing that they are jam-packed daily during weekday lunch hours with lines out their door with hungry foodies who don’t want anything other than Dubujib, we strategically timed our visit at 8pm on a Monday night cause waiting for a table when you’re hungry is the worst.
As soon as we sat down, we had a glance through their 2-page menu that opens like file folder. The menu is very focused, mainly geared around tofu soups and bibimbaps, bulgogi and a couple of signature seafood items. While you really can’t go wrong on the menu – everything we had was excellent and it’s not “hit or miss” like other places. That being said, I’ve still got a solid selection of recommendations based on reflections.
LDS Snapshots of Dubujib:
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BJ FOoDieS Returns to the Reinvented SSAM restaurant now called One Pot
SSAM is not a new restaurant in Beijing, but it’s been reinvented into One Pot 一锅 by SSAM and I’m delighted to share that the BJ FOoDiEs team is hosting their next dinner here on Sunday, August 31st from 7:30-9:30PM.
Though the restaurant’s popular whole roasted beer chicken has received decent media coverage across various magazines and blogs, I still don’t think that this restaurant has reached the mainstream foodie scene so I’m hoping that this upcoming event will make a splash because Chef Andrew Ahn of One Pot by SSAM is a very talented chef who deserves much more credit and praise (this is the same chef that is currently corresponding with Chef Rob Cunningham of EAST hotel in Lido to organize the menu for their upcoming Carnivore Club feast).
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Whetting their Appetites with a Traditional Korean Kimchi Workshop
After Executive Chef Rob Cunningham realized his dreams of launching his very own Carnivore Club at his restaurant FEAST by EAST Hotel in Lido, he started off strong with his very first Carnivore Club dinner in collaboration with Guest Chef Yao Yang from Chi Restaurant and Saffron Italian Restaurant (both just across from each other on Wudaoying Hutong, around the corner from Stuff’d). Having presented a very porky menu serving everything from pig’s ears to roasted pork belly and braised pork neck, this exotic menu was the talk of the town.
Next up: Ox Tail
In an effort to help increase awareness of secondary cuts and offal that restaurants no longer commonly use, Chef Rob has continued to hold the torch of this food baby project high and proud. I’m delighted to share the good news that the next Carnivore Club dinner will be served on Friday, September 5, 2014.
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Roasted Chicken in All Her Glory
Previously known as SSAM, One Pot 一锅 by SSAM has completely reinvented itself for the better. The location and design of the venue is pretty much the same as I remember it from when it first opened in 2011, but the previous concept of “molecular Korean cuisine” with teeny-tiny portions has now been swapped out with reinventing staple Korean street snacks and specialty Korean hot pot, soups, toppoki (rice cake) soaked in Korean chili sauce, bimbaps, jeon (pancakes) and kim bap (seaweed rolls).
The menu is as diverse as ever (over 10 pages of Korean goodies) but less fancy-pantsy with much-too-complicated dish names. Everything now is clearly more straight-forward and the prices are incredible value for what you’re getting. I love places that give great value and One Pot has hit the mark smack dab in the middle.
I’ll be honest, before I would have questioned SSAM’s chance to last the test of time in Beijing’s fickle and cut-throat dining scene where restaurants seem to be closing as quickly as new ones are popping up but now I pray that it will because I truly believe it deserves to have a permanent place in Beijing.
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When you’re in need of an office, consider Cafe Groove
I first discovered Cafe Groove when our office was suffering from internet connection issues for days on end and desperately needed a spacious venue for the gaggle of us to temporarily work out of for a couple of days.
Located at the corner of Gongti and the east side of Chunxiu Lu (between 2nd ring road and Xindong Lu), this cafe is pretty easy to spot, but I never noticed it before. And stepping inside, I’ve got to hand it to Groove – it’s got a lot more character than expected.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene | Tags: Big Bear Baked Goods, cheesy bibimbap, Cholula, Cookie Monster Charity Bake-Off, hutong dining, Jon Ellis, kimchi quesadilla, Korean, Korean Mexican Fusion, Korean style pork tacos, Loaded fries, Los Angeles, Mexican, Palms L.A., Palms LA, Roasted Habanero and Gochujang, Sriracha, Tapatío | 11 Comments »
Los Angeles Food Truck Style: Korean-Mexican Fusion Tacos by Palms L.A.
I feel like I dropped the ball on Palms L.A. because this is exactly the kind of place I’d want to be among the very first to taste and write about for LDS. But somehow, it slipped under my radar when it first opened.
And after loads of fellow foodies have messaged me raving about kimchi quesadillas, Palms LA jumped to the top of my restaurant hit list.
Though I’m from California, I’m a far bit north from LA so I’ve never had the pleasure of stuffing my face with Food Truck goodies (it’s all the rage in LA these days right?!), but I love Mexican food as much as I love Korean food and was more than curious to see the magic these two cuisines can create together.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips | Tags: fried chicken, Korean, Suutak, Wangjing, world beer | 8 Comments »