Yesterday, for a co-worker's birthday, a group of us went out for lunch at a Korean restaurant I'd heard about but had never been to. K-Garden is a tiny free-standing building on the corner of 32nd and Madison. Apparently it's been around forever - at least 15 years or so according to one of my co-wokers who frequents it. The food was excellent and really unusual. The menu is half Chinese food, half Korean food. The Korean food is more expensive ($10-$15 entrees, average) but worth it. No one at our table ordered Chinese food, but those dishes were more in the $6-$9 range.
We started with two orders of potstickers, one pan-fried and one deep-fried. Both were delicious, especially with the sauce that accompanied them. I ordered 돌솥비빔밥 (dol sot bi-bim bap), a dish consisting of rice, vegetables, shredded beef and a fried egg all served in a hot stone bowl. Seasoned to taste with 고추장 (go-chu jang, a spicy chili sauce), it was incredibly flavorful, with just enough kick to clear the sinuses. The portions are large enough to have leftovers, and all the Korean dishes come with sides, which are little separate bowls of variously prepared vegetables - cucumbers, radishes, cabbage kimchi, and others i couldn't identify. All very good. I had never had Korean food before, and it was a great experience. I will for sure be going back.
As the restaurant also serves Chinese food, we received fortune cookies at the end of our meal. Here was mine, which definitely ranks as one of the funniest fortunes ever: