|Chapchae at Shin Chon|
Don't get me wrong. You won't ever go wrong with four people eating dolset bi bim bop and some grilling their own meat. But we go to Shin Chon enough that we wanted to venture into other dishes.
New variation: Order chapchae as an alternative to bi bim bop.
Chapchae is a Korean staple that should be easy for anyone to try. It's thin noodles served warm and dressed in a light sauce with vegetables and, if you want, a little marinated beef. We went on a Friday night as a twosome, so we didn't sit at a barbecue table.
The standard chapchae comes with a few pieces of marinated grilled meat to mix in the noodles. If you want a vegetarian meal, just tell the Shin Chon staff. Vegetarian chapchae or bi bim bop are easy, and a vegetarian pancake would help you fill a table for four.
Seriously, Shin Chon is one of Howard County's best restaurants, so check out the Korean 101 post for step-by-step thoughts for a first visit. Or skim all the Shin Chon posts. Shin Chon's waitresses will generally offer ice water for the table. Ask them for tea if you want hot barley tea. It's free so you should try it. You'll get a large plastic glass of hot tea. Traditional and a way to warm up on a cold night.