Passport to… South Korea

Modern Korean cuisine places an emphasis on vegetables, simply prepared meats and a variety of side dishes served with each meal. Heavily influenced by its unique geography and climate, Korean cuisine is renowned for its ability to balance temperature, spice, color and texture. For our trip to South Korea, we have chosen to take classic Korean dishes and give them a modern spin.

Our South Korean menu begins with our Bulgolgi Lettuce Wraps. Literally meaning “fire meat,” Bulgolgi is traditionally thinly sliced, marinated pieces of beef or pork that are usually grilled over an open flame. Rather than use an open flame, we use our dazzling wok skills to achieve the perfect char that caramelizes the special marinade and enhances the flavor of the beef. We then toss in sliced onions and fresh cabbage and serve it with artisan romaine lettuce cups and a Korean chili dipping sauce.

For the entrees on this featured menu, we’ve put our own spin on some classic Korean dishes. Our favorite dish is the Spiced Duck Ssäm. Ssäm, which is sometimes translated into “wrapped,” is a dish in which leafy vegetables are used to wrap specially prepared meats. Our Spiced Duck Ssäm features a specially prepared duck breast and confit hindquarter and our delicious house-made Ssäm sauce which is both sweet and spicy.

Other featured dishes include a sizzling Bibimbap, in which your favorite protein is wok’d with fresh vegetables and served sizzling over our famous fried rice and topped with a sunny side-up egg, and our classic Korean Salmon served with fresh asparagus spears and a sweet sesame-garlic glaze.

To pair with the distinctive cuisine of Korea, we’ve put together a small collection of cocktails using traditional Korean ingredients. Our Ginseng Mule pairs Absolut Lime Vodka with a house-made honey-ginseng syrup and Fever Tree Ginger Beer. We also have our Seoulful Sidecar – featuring Martell VS Single Distillery Cognac, Thai chili-infused honey, lemon juice and a dash of five spice bitters – and a Sesame Old Fashioned made with sesame-infused Jameson Whiskey.


THE MENU

Appetizers

Bulgolgi Lettuce Wraps (GF)  marinated flat iron steak, onions, cabbage, korean chili dipping sauce
Recommended Pairing: Sesame Old Fashioned

Entrees

Spiced Duck Ssäm*   ­specially prepared half duck, served with house-made Ssäm sauce, gochujang mayo, artisan romaine lettuce cups and Uncle Fu’s Fried Rice
Recommended Pairing: Bee’s Box Pinot Noir

Bibimbap (GF)  snap peas, onions, radish, broccoli, gochujang chili sauce, sunny side-up egg, served over sizzling fried rice (available with Chicken, Beef, Shrimp or Scallops)
Recommended Pairing: Seoulful Sidecar

Soft Shell Crab Sandwich   fresh cucumber, tomatoes, onions, spicy mayo, brioche bun, garlic-parmesan fries
Recommended Pairing: Ginseng Mule

Korean Salmon* (GF)   wok-seared salmon, steamed asparagus spears, sweet sesame-soy glaze
Recommended Pairing: Bee’s Box Chardonnay

Cocktails

Seoulful Sidecar
Martell VS Single Distillery Cognac, fresh lemon juice, Thai chili-infused honey, five spice bitters

Ginseng Mule 
Absolut Lime Vodka and house-made honey-ginseng tea syrup, topped with Fever Tree Ginger Beer

Sesame Old Fashioned
Sesame-infused Jameson Irish Whiskey, Angostura Bitters, house-made honey syrup

Wine

The Coppola Family has always been committed to sustainability and environmentally-friendly agricultural practices. Bee’s Box Wines were created to give back to organizations who fight to protect bees and their habitats.

Bee’s Box Chardonnay
Luscious and creamy, with warm notes of apple, orange blossom, vanilla and honey

Bee’s Box Pinot Noir
A rich pinot noir with lush notes of cranberry, deep red fruits and hints of vanilla

Learn more about our 2018 Passport Menus.

*  Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of food borne illness; contains (or may contain) raw or undercooked ingredients.
(GF) Items can be made gluten free. Substitutions may apply. Not a gluten free kitchen.

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