My own Oxtail Plate was quite the substantial portion, more so than McKoy's and even more generous than Rainbow. The rice and peas was delicious, topped with just enough of the braising liquid to render it supple, while the segments of oxtail were mild yet absolutely flavourful. I, in particular, appreciated the variety of fleshy finds and collagen-containing crevices. Included in the set was a small container of steamed veggies: a good mix of string beans, cauliflower, and broccoli that was unfortunately coated heavily in pepper. Suffice to say that any leftovers were taken home and doused in hot water afterwards.
Striking was the sturdiness of the chiffon cake, which I had presumed to be structurally frail. It wasn't as airy as I imagined, nor as moist. Encased within was a whipped cream filling with diced fresh strawberries, far sweeter than my taste buds could sustain yet a suitable counterpart to the otherwise bland carrier of a cake. Quite possibly the highlight were the toppings: fresh strawberry slices and a quenelle of (could it be?) Chantilly cream dusted with (again, could it be?) freeze-dried strawberry powder.
* slaze = to sleep or laze about
I nodded in agreement.
It was about four minutes into the woods when we agreed on turning back.
The set of four comprised of a sweet potato salad, japchae, stir-fried fish cake slices, and kimchi. While the half-mashed potato mixture was more sugary than preferred, it worked wonders to combat flickers of kimchi-induced heat. Sungwon's kimchi reminded me of Sikgaek's rendition, which also bridged sweet-spicy properties, albeit the former including larger segments of cabbage. I took few nibbles of the japchae, which oozed the aroma of sesame oil; in contrast, I recall securing several spoonfuls of the carrot-onion-eomuk sequence.
Piled into my first ssam were several pieces of garlic, which were later confirmed as spicy and, frankly, rather painful to eat. Unlike Bobooya, these slivers delivered neither pungency nor fragrance, leading me to believe that that they had been thawed from frozen packets.