I am so sorry that I haven’t updated in forever. It’s the end of the semester, and I have been swamped with papers and exams. I have finals for the next 2 weeks! Yikes! Wish me luck! I will be holed up in the library for the next week, but with yummy food of course.
JW and I went to Bamboo House a gazillion years ago during Fall Break (it was her birthday!!), and I have finally gotten around to writing about it. Once exams are over, I am going to catch up with this blog. I will! I promise.
Bamboo House is mom and pop Korean restaurant that has, according to my Korean friends, the most authentic Korean food in Charlottesville. It’s actually a long drive out (about 20 min.), and it’s really easy to miss because it’s this very unassuming warehouse like building on the side of the highway. Blink and you’ll miss it, so keep your eyes peeled! The outside is very sketchy looking, but the inside is pretty nice. There is this humongous tv that is always showing Korean channels, and you can sing karaoke too! Haha so Asian, but pretty cool. I sang here once with a group, and they have a HUGE variety of music from English to Chinese to Korean to any other Asian country’s songs.
I think the lady who runs this restaurant does both the front of the house AND the back of the house, so she is the chef/waitress/hostess all bundled in one person. WOW! She’s pretty amazing and super nice.
JW and I ordered a ridiculous amount of food, and somehow we managed to finish most of it. Yeah. I stretched my stomach beyond its limits that night. I should get a medal for it. Anyways, the food was DELICIOUS!
Spicy Pork Bulgogi
Spicy Pork Bulgogi – I love meat! Yummy, juicy pork with lots of spicy flavor which you wrap in a big piece of lettuce! I definitely recommend this. It was a nice change from the usual bulgogi and kalbi, especially because it was spicy. And if you know me, you know that I live for spicy food.
Gom Tang – This was my FAVORITE of the night. It’s oxtail soup with slices of beef and rice noodles. I have learned that in some Korean restaurants , they will bring you this jar of salt, and you can add in however much salt you want in the soup. Here, she seasoned it for us already, and it was perfectly seasoned. The soup was rich, the noodles soft, and the beef tender. Oh such delicious explosions in my mouth…
Jap Chae – This was kind of a failure. It’s cellophane noodles stir fried with lots of different veggies, which sounded really good. However, I thought it was a little on the sweet side, which I did not like. I think this was the only one we didn’t finish.
The pickled radishes was my fav!
And of course, the multitude of banchan. Here we have napa cabbage kimchee, cucumber kimchee, 2 different kinds of pickled radishes, spinach, bean sprouts, and anchovies (not shown). You know, just the banchan alone with some rice would be enough for a meal. I always have to restrain myself from eating so much banchan in order to save room for the food that I actually ordered.
So much fooooodddd!
This is our giant table of food. I know. We were kind of crazy.
Our overflowing table...hahah
All in all, Bamboo House is amazing! One of my absolute favorite places in Charlottesville. I highly recommend it for everyone. Oh, and they have Chinese food on the menu too, but don’t get that stuff. First of all, it’s American Chinese food. Second of all, this is a Korean restaurant so order what they’re good at.
4831 Seminole Trail
Charlottesville, VA 22911-8301