Gyung-Sung Traditional Restaurant
|+ Devotion to meat
+ Both pork and beef
+ Egg and sauce grill
+ Prime location
|- A "clash of cultures"
Best for: Groups, dates, drinking
FoodKorean BBQ is superior in many ways. One is the expanse of sides and sauces that orbits the meaty core. As masters of such a universe, you have the freedom to manipulate these forces, bending them to your will and creating satisfaction and deliciousness that is, like the sauces and sides themselves, infinite. (Sounds better than, for instance, some fat cook at a Western restaurant taking a dump on a plate and handing it to you. Think long and hard about that fact the next time you pass up Korean BBQ for some taco or spaghetti joint. Hot dump on a plate.)
Anyway, here at 경성 상회 these godly powers are further enhanced by the grill's steel compartments. While not the first time I've seen this, 경성 상회 does it best. First of all, as well as scrambled 계란 ("egg"), they also pour in 간장 ("soy sauce") with slices of spicy 고추 ("pepper" and "penis," but only the former in this case I'd hope). Also, this is the first place I've seen this as a permanent fixture, rather than employed only for a specific cut of meat.
|Beef with egg and uuuuhhh green thingy.
|Pork dipped in peppery soy sauce.
Upon delivery, each serving includes a paper slip that identifies what's cooking. Also, their devotion is immediately clear from their menu, which is organized like a book. The inside cover has basic details, like open hours (5pm - 11am), address and contact info. The next page is the introduction, which explains their history and mission statement. Then, along with diagrams and explanations, content is organized into two chapters: Pork and Beef.
|Some neat translations: 목살 (literally
"neck meat") is translated as "Boston Butt."
These terms refer to the pig's shoulder.
Their main meats are \15,000 for a small order and \28,000 for the large. At first glance this may seem overpriced. But notice these serving sizes are 300g (for 2 people) and 600g (for 4) respectively, which is quite reasonable. And considering the Daegu average is \7,000-8,000 for 100-150g serving sizes, this may actually be on the cheaper side.
|The basic pork serving: 삼겹살 (samgyupsal). It's
the four layers of meat from around the pig's belly.
|양념뭉치구이, is seasoned shank (leg) meat.
It's a less fatty and tougher cut.
|The 쌈 (ssam) Effect: wrap some meat, sauces and sides
into a lettuce leaf. Makes a great chaser for Soju shots.
|The basic beef serving, and their signature
cut: 경성양념갈비, KyungSung
seasoned rib meat.
|Their most expensive meat: 진눈깨비살,
prime ribeye. It definitely tastes more
expensive than the others.
|For the "prime ribeye," cook rare or
medium-rare and dip in 소금 (salt).
|우삼겹 is thin strips of "beef belly." They're
quick-grilling and a tasty balance of fat and meat.
|The 된장찌개 (dwenjang Jjigae), or bean paste soup, is
potent here. It's a free side if you order 밥 (bap), or rice.
|냄비 치즈 스파게티 (cheesy spaghetti) for \3,000
|The guy out front grills freebies for paying customers...
|Bring a tray over to the grill and get loaded up with
sausages, chicken hearts (on sticks) and pineapples.
경성 상회 is fancy, clean and new, since it just opened about a month ago. It's also quite large, stretching three stories high.
The 2nd floor in particular has a few notable features. The window seats provide views overlooking the bustling taxi hub of 삼덕소방서 (Samduk Fire Station). This seating area also has glass flooring, which was kinda cool, but had me treading carefully, and may have ladies (and Scotsmen) worried about perverts creeping below.
The coolest feature, in my opinion, was the movie projector. While I don't think Korean subtitles could do justice to Charlie Chaplain in this flick, the presentation is still interesting. In what must be a modern invention, the projector screen was a thin material, allowing the movie to be visible from both sides. Yet the screen's design resembles an unraveled, traditional scroll.
The ancient movie screen is one example of 경성 상회's "clash of cultures" (more like "clash of eras"). As they took the name 상회, a term for restaurants in the old days, they are clearly going for the traditional look. They succeed for the most part, with wooden surfaces, oriental artwork and decorations of swords and scrolls. Upon arrival you almost feel privileged to feast with Korean feudal nobility.... until the speakers bump "Apple-Bottom Jeans." Not only does the music clash with the atmosphere, it also clashes with itself, at one point playing "Hey Jude," "The Macarena," and some K-pop hits in succession.
|Before entering you must choose:
The Way of your Ancestors,
or the Way of Progress.