Wednesday, August 28, 2013

RICE 'N BREAD Review

Tonight Flo and I continued our Chicago Korean Fusion Culinary Expedition with Rice 'N Bread, located near Wrigleyville.  This "American Diner with a Korean Twist" used to be Hamburger King, but came under new ownership earlier this year.  Many of the previous menu's items remain, but additional Asian (mostly Korean) dishes were gradually introduced until they rolled out their new menu this past July.  We ordered the Galbi Burger, marinated beef and pork with melted swiss cheese on a pretzel bun, with Caramelized Kimchi.  The delicious caramelized kimchi slightly took away from the sweet, juicy taste of the thick, galbi patty, which tasted good enough on its own.  Perhaps they should offer caramelized kimchi atop their shoestring fries, which is offered at Del Seoul [a Korean street taco joint in Lincoln Park--see July 1 entry].
We also ordered the Dduk-Bok-ki, spicy stir-fried rice cakes tossed with carrots and onions in a chili pepper sauce.  It was definitely spicy.  For those of you who've never enjoyed dduk-bok-ki, a popular hot and spicy street food in Korea, the rice cakes have the chewy consistency such as the tapioca balls in bubble tea, or the mochi you put atop your fro yo.
The burger, fries, and dduk-bok-ki would have been enough for the two of us, but we also ordered the spicy yetcamein, a spicy flour noodle soup with seafood.  It tasted very similar to jjangbbong, a Korean-Chinese spicy noodle soup.  Since my tongue was slightly spiced out by the dduk-bok-ki, I had to cleanse my palate with some water before enjoying the spicy noodle soup.
The owner's daughter was a very gracious host to us.  She told us about the history of the establishment and told us that their rice and gravy is a popular breakfast plate.  As with other diners, you can order your eggs, omelets, pancakes, salads, sandwiches, etc.  Unlike other diners, you can get your fix of Korean cuisine and BYOB!