Hwe Dup Bap at the Kalbi House

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After seeing Doug’s post on Hungry Travels, I had a hankering for Korean. But I wasn’t in the mood for barbecue: I was craving a dish most people don’t order at Korean restaurants: Hwe Dup Bap.

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It’s kind of like a sushi salad.

It’s great a great refreshing meal in summer. So on my way to the office I made a detour to Central Avenue.

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When my husband sometimes picks up General Tso’s on the way to the office and puts it in his front seat he makes a joke that he’s “ridin’ in the with the general.” I guess I was riding in with the salad. Not quite as funny.

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There’s nothing sadder than salad on a spread sheet. God I hate a desk lunch.

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So this salad comes with salmon, tuna, yellowtail, fluke — whatever fish they happen to have little scraps of. There’s seaweed, regular lettuce, tobiko, raw garlic, and sometimes (though not today) avocado. Here’s a photo of a hwe dup bap at Kang Suh in Yonkers from a couple years ago:

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You stir in the chili-garlic sauce to give the salad some kick:

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The restaurant also sent me some condimenti.

Kim chi:

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Pan chan:

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Tofu, sweet potaotes, bean sprouts.

Delicious. It made eating at my desk a little easier to bear.

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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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