Soon's Kal-bi Drive In
Yesterday, I made the drive out to 99 Ranch Market to pick up some food for the upcoming week. On the way home, I decided to stop by at Soon's Kal-bi Drive-In for dinner.
It's been years since I've been here, but everything seems to be as I remembered, except the food pictures lining the glass enclosure where orders are taken and picked up.
There's a bench in front of the counter, which is where I sit while waiting for my number to be called. I ordered the Soon's Special Combination Plate (US$8.25).
This plate come with 2 scoops white rice, 2 pieces kalbi, one piece BBQ chicken, some meat jhun and one fried mandoo. There is also a small amount of vegetables in the little foil "container" in front. Inside the "container" we have bean sprouts, cabbage and kim chee.
The kalbi is exactly as I remembered. The marinade is delicious and suits the local palate. If you're used to eating traditional-style kalbi, you may not enjoy this. Tasting more like a Japanese-style teriyaki sauce, the kalbi is quite sweet. That said, the meat is tender and practically melts in my mouth.
The BBQ chicken is a little different. A whole chicken thigh is cut away from the bone (and the bone is left attached), then grilled with the skin on. I'm sure the marinade used is not the same as the one that's used for the kalbi as this one's not quite as sweet. This one had lots of charred bits...which is how I like my BBQ chicken done.
The meat jhun, is beef that has been thinly sliced and then marinated before being dipped in egg batter and fried. This one is quite good, although like the kalbi, it was a bit sweet. There was just enough of the egg coating on this to make it slightly crunchy around the edges. Perfectly cooked.
And the lone mandoo, was over-stuffed and deep fried. A winner.
Unlike other local Korean "fast food" restaurants, such as Yummy's or Gina's BBQ, Soon's does not give a lot of vegetables and that has always been a disappointment to me. That said, the price is quite steep for the amount of food given. Although good, there is definitely better value elsewhere.
Soon's Kal-Bi Drive-In
Salt Lake Shopping Center
898 Ala Lilikoi Street