The best part of any Korean meal is the array of banchan (mini sides) that come with your meal, and this is where Hahm Ji Bach shines! They give you the good stuff, beyond the simple kimchee, bean sprouts, or spinach.
Here's their raw blue crab, served cold and marinated with hot chili paste...this dish was amazing and they gave us a decent serving for just having three in our party. Eating raw crab sounds weird but the mix of the sweet crabmeat and chili paste was just awesome!
Here's one of the more standard side dishes, marinated cold tofu. Hahm's version is also pretty good as well. You also see the spicy cucumber kimchee in the background.
Here's the spread for all the banchan plus the BBQ accompaniments for just a table of three people...not bad!
For the main event, we ordered probably one of the most common yet most delicious korean soups...Soon Du Boo. It's a soft tofu in a fiery chili broth, sometimes with small bits of meat or seafood added.
Here are the condiments you get when you order BBQ, in addition to the standard bean paste, garlic, jalapeno, and scallion salad, you also get some less common items I haven't seen before, including this nutty powder mixture that tasted great with the meat. You also get a spicy dipping sauce, sweet dipping sauce, and some pickled radish slices to cut the richness with some acidity.
We ordered some sliced short rib and pork belly. For the DIY grilling I also usually see an actual grill, but Hahm is also unique that it uses a super hot heated stoneware.
Here's a look at a piece of short rib with some red bean rice, scallions, and a jalapeno lettuce wrap...
Outside, you see a cheesy certificate for an Asian award for "Most Delicious", but after our meal
I would have to agree with that sentiment!
Hahm Ji Bach