I had only been to Dimibang once, and the dish was very spicy, so I’d been a bit hesitant to go back until I was at least willing to chance a fiery lunch. Yes, yes, I know, probably not all their dishes are spicy, something I’m less sure of about all the restaurants with a large, bright red (cartoon) octopus above their entrances, but still… Today, though, seemed like the day. I had the same seat as last time, with a nice view out the door.
Our host was there again (I have to ask his name next time, he’s charming), and tried to give me the very limited English language menu, but I was having none of it: pointing at the liquidy orange-coloured meal that the two ladies at the next table were having, I said ‘give me one of those please’ in my best (if limited) Korean.
The dish was great! The owner explained that it was a bean dish and not very spicy (indeed, even That Girl might like it). The side dishes arrived very quickly: a bit of jabchae (think a cold Asian noodle salad), a small omlette (not sure what it was made of, though), a bit of pickled chili peppers (they’re great, but hot) and of course rice and kimchee.
I nibbled away and shortly the Main Event arrived, a bubbling thick yellow-orange broth with vegetables and a few bits of meat in it (really few; I’m counting this as a vegetarian dish, thanks). By “bubbling” I mean “rolling boil”… for once, you can actually see it in the photo. (Well, in the full size pic… just click on the thumbnail). I eased backwards to protect my shirt.
I also had a small side plate, in which I mixed a spoonful of rice and several spoonfuls of the stew (I wasn’t letting that spitting, boiling bowl anywhere near my shirt!). Tasty! A nice bean stew, actually just the thing for a cold winter’s day — the owner even pointed out that not only was it very hot but that the heat was good for me. Perhaps, but I’m definitely having it again.
When the owner asked how it was (맛있어요, “tasty”; my vocabulary is limited but very helpful in restaurants), I had him write it down for me: 비지 찌개, or Tofu Stew. In the end, I cleaned my bowl. Who know tofu could be so 맛있어요 ? Heck, who even knew it was tofu? (OK, everyone but me…)