Soup is Good (and Warming) Food
may have noticed that it's colder than a witch's teet outside. I mean,
I really enjoy these few months where flip flops and Bermuda shorts
aren't required attire lest you suffer heat stroke, but come on... 40s?
That's not what I signed up for, folks. So last night, feeling frosty
and miserable on my way home from the office, I stopped into Gabose Korean & Japanese
restaurant for some much needed warmth, and found it in a bowl of
ultra-spicy blue crab soup, seen above. I knew I was on the right track
when the waiter first brought out the hell broth, boiling away in a
heated stone pot. It seemed downright angry, all red and flecked with
throat-clinging shrapnel of chili peppers and dime-sized slivers of a jalapeno-like chili. But once that stuff hit my lips and seeped down
into my coldest reaches, the anger transformed into something like a mellow embrace. It was at that point that I took off my jacket.
got much more than I bargained for out of this meal. Not only is the
soup huge, and packed with Napa cabbage, onion, scallion, tofu, clams,
and long strips of something stalky that I can't quite pick out, but
it's served at Gabose with a full compliment of panchan -- small side
dishes that are an ever-present part of the Korean dining experience.
Among the panchan: malty-sweet slivers of fish cake, deeply spicy
kimchi, pickled cucumber kimchi that tasted of bread and butter slices
caked in chilies, raw chives and bean sprouts with bean attached,
marinated slices of mushroom, garlic and yellow aji coated cucumber,
and a spicy, cold potato salad with chopped onion. All this ran just
$15, and as I sat picking meat from a chili-infused blue crab I
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