Korean cuisine is reputed to be the healthiest in the world. Keep telling yourself that as your server at KoBa places slices of fat-rich pork belly on your tabletop grill. Of course, once that pork belly commences to sizzle, you won't care whether you live till tomorrow. Kalbi
, marinated beef short ribs, inspires a similar reaction. Dab the meat with hot red-bean paste and then fold it with rice, garlic and onion inside a piece of lettuce. It looks like something Dr. Atkins dreamed up, but the flavor is sensational, a burst of heat and savor. Though the tabletop grill steals the show at KoBa, a variety of traditional Korean dishes are available, and every meal includes banchan
, the cold, usually fermented, side dishes that are often as memorable as your entrée. Kimchee
is the most famous banchan
, but don't let its fearsome reputation and pungent odor dissuade you. The flavor is piquant and spicy and delicious. And remember: Acquiring a taste for kimchee
is the first step to a healthier you.