Saturday, July 30, 2016

Hanjip (Culver City, CA) [2]

Hanjip Korean BBQ Restaurant
3829 Main St, Culver City, CA 90232
Sat 07/30/2016, 07:45p-11:05p

Hanjip Exterior

I last visited Hanjip--that KBBQ joint from Chef Chris Oh and partners Stephane Bombet and François Renaud--last November, shortly after the place opened, and returned recently to attend a birthday dinner.

Hanjip DineLA AYCE Menu Hanjip Menu Hanjip Beverage List
Since it was a birthday event, to simplify things we opted for the $29 all-you-can-eat DineLA special in lieu of the regular menu, though we did end up ordering a few supplemental dishes. Click for larger versions.

2016 Bruery Terreux Tart of Darkness with Cherries & Vanilla
We drank beer this evening, beginning with the 2016 Bruery Terreux Tart of Darkness with Cherries & Vanilla, a sour stout aged in third-use oak barrels. It smelled of tart cherry commingled with roasty malt, while the taste brought lots of rich, aromatic vanilla leading to a sweet-sour spice that I found reminiscent of Chinese suanmei.

Salt & Pepper, Sauce
To dip: salt & pepper along with a tangy soy-based condiment. Ssamjang was also provided.

The salad--creamy and loaded with sesame--made for a contrast to all the meat we'd be having.

Brisket (Raw) Brisket
Brisket (Grilling) Brisket (Cooked)
The usual starter of chadol largely delivered with its balance of beefy and char flavors.

Kimchi Fried Rice
Kimchi bokkeumbap came with the AYCE deal and was a pretty classic preparation, with a pleasant spice to it and plenty of umami courtesy of the gim.

2016 Hangar 24 Barrel Roll No. 4 Wing Over Esperanza
The 2016 Hangar 24 Barrel Roll No. 4 Wing Over Esperanza was a dry-hopped, bourbon barrel-aged barleywine with Augie's Esperanza coffee from Guatemala. Nose of forceful malt and spicy, aromatic hops. Taste brought more hoppiness and tanginess on top of further malt, bitter coffee, bourbon, and strong caramel.

Jalapeños & Garlic
The requisite jalapeño and garlic, an LA invention I believe.

Baechu kimchi was extra sour, and a bit reminiscent of Chinese zha cai, interestingly.

Pork Belly (Raw) Pork Belly
Pork Belly (Grilling) Pork Belly (Cooked)
Pork Belly
Samgyeopsal was properly porky as expected, with some nice charring going on.

Chicharron [$10.00] | Housemade Chicharron, Kimchi Aioli
Pork rinds were delightful thanks to their crunchiness and that creamy, zippy dip on the side.

2015 Beachwood Blendery Propagation Series: No. 032
Here was a Brett saison aged in oak with Flavor King pluots, the 2015 Beachwood Blendery Propagation Series: No. 032. Bouquet of the expected stone fruit commingled with sweet spice. On the palate, the Brett came out more prominently, joined by tartness and light pluot notes.

Soybean Sprouts
Kongnamul were on point: crisp and well-accented by the sesame.

Tomatoes could've been a bit juicier though.

Marinated Short Rib (Raw) Marinated Short Rib
Marinated Short Rib (Grilling) Marinated Short Rib (Cooked)
Marinated Short Rib
I don't think I've encountered a cut of yangnyeom galbi quite like this before, and I sort of missed the bone. In any case, the meat arrived in a sweet-yet-peppery marinade, and was pretty tender overall, but also chewier than I'd like in certain parts.

Uni Steamed Egg
Uni Steamed Egg [$19.00] | w/ Salmon Roe
Hanjip's take on gyeran jjim was as good as ever, the light, fluffy egg marrying beautifully with the oceany combination of salmon and sea urchin roes.

2015 Modern Times Looking Backward
The 2015 Modern Times Looking Backward was a sour blonde with Lacto, Pedio, and Brett, aged over a year in white wine barrels. Lovely nose of tartness, tropical funk, and fruit. In terms of taste, again quite sour and acidic, with more earthiness, wine-like nuances, and a distinct grain-y profile. This one did well in cutting through the heft of all the meat we had.

Pickled Onion
Pickled yangpa--tangy and sweet.

Pickled Cauliflower
You don't see cauliflower banchan very often. I found it light and crunchy, though it could've used a touch more acid.

Marinated Pork Shoulder (Raw) Marinated Pork Shoulder
Marinated Pork Shoulder (Grilling) Marinated Pork Shoulder (Cooked)
Marinated Pork Shoulder
Moksal came out thinly-sliced instead of in the usual steak-like presentation. It did make for quicker cooking and some fairly tender bites, while taste-wise, the meat went sweet and porky, with a peppery spice and some charring.

The other table in our party (we were split up given the size of the group) sent over some octopus that they'd ordered. The nakji was tender and snappy, though it veered overly salty.

Shikkoku Black Lager, Coede Brewery, Japan Allagash White Ale, Portland, Maine
We also ordered a couple beers off the menu. The Shikkoku Black Lager, Coede Brewery, Japan [$9] didn't have much going on in terms of aroma. However, on the palate I got some nice bitter-roasty notes along with dark fruit and licorice. The Allagash White Ale, Portland, Maine [$8], on the other hand, was crisp and refreshing, with plenty of tart, citrusy, yeasty notes to power through the richness of the meat.

Dried Shredded Squid
Ojingeochae (dried shredded squid) was chewy and loaded with brine.

Bulgogi (Raw) Bulgogi
Bulgogi (Grilling) Bulgogi (Cooked)
We ended with a classic preparation of bulgogi, the meat cooking up tender to the bite with a sweet, beefy flavor throughout.

Momofuku Milk Bar Carrot Layer Cake
Momofuku Milk Bar Carrot Layer Cake with Candles
Given that it was a birthday, we had to have a cake of course, and one of my dining companions crafted this Momofuku Milk Bar-inspired Carrot Layer Cake. It tasted as good as it looked, with plenty of sweet carrot coming through, balanced by the saltiness in the cream, while the crumbs on top gave things a welcomed crunch.

2016 Angry Chair Fionn
To go with dessert, I opened up the 2016 Angry Chair Fionn, an imperial English porter with hazelnuts and coffee. Massive aromas of chocolate and sweet nutmeat everywhere. In terms of flavor, again, nuts all up in your face, leading to bitter-tangy coffee and a counterbalancing smokiness.

Having come here before for a non-DineLA meal, I will say that the à la carte meat selection was a cut above quality-wise, though what we enjoyed tonight was more than sufficient for an all-you-can-eat dinner. A fun birthday overall.


Anonymous Herman Manson said...

Please start a seperate beer blog.

Sunday, August 14, 2016 12:07:00 PM  

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