Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Fall-off-the-bone goodness at Lee Nam Jang
My friend and I were thinking of a place to eat around the Yonge & Sheppard area and then he suggested coming to Lee Nam Jang for their Steamed Ox Tail ($39.95 - for a large order for 2 people). For anyone who's never tried ox tail before, it's not as scary as it sounds. There's ample amounts of meat and has a texture like a beef brisket. It was conveniently across the street from Empress Walk, so we also managed to finish quickly enough to still have free parking. Small joys :)
Lee Nam Jang offers 6 side dishes ("ban chan", I always forget the Korean word for them). I honestly liked all of them. Good textures, good ingredients, and mix of flavours. The kimchi wasn't too spicy and still crisp - which is how I like them personally.
When our big wok of Ox Tail came, the lady serving us arranged the meat, rice cakes (ddukbogi), and dates more nicely together and then she smiled at me and said, "Look better in picture". She was sweet :)
The meat was succulent and tender, and it peeled right off the bones when you bit into it. The sauce that marinated the meat was delicious! It was mildly sweet but very fragrant. If you are looking for fall-off-the-bone goodness, definitely, definitely try out the Steamed Oxtail from Lee Nam Jang.