After trying two Korean restaurants which wouldn't serve me a single portion of kimchi tchigae, I went to a little place that I have been meaning to try forever. Casa Carino (see map) near Chosun University is a cute place, great exterior facade, trellis of plants, groovy bike with basket parked out front. I've gone in before but they only serve dongkas. I enjoy pork cutlets, but am trying to not eat meat or fried foods. Since I was looking for some pork in my tchigae, I decided to go off the rails and try this little place.
Maybe because it has been so long since I tried dongkas, but this was the most amazing one I have had ever! Their menu also offered salads, rice dishes, desserts (brownies!) and imported canned soft drinks. The interior is simple and kitschy. My meal was a hoot. Two tator tots. I love them but they (meaning all Korean restaurants) only seem to serve 2 or 3. A lovely mini salad of sprouts and greens with a yogurt dressing. Tiny dish of kimchi and another of rice with sesame seeds; udong served in a mug. A triple side dish of fried tofu, scrambled eggs with veggies, and a lovely tofu mixture with spinach and green onions. I generally hate sauce in Korea since everything usually ends up swimming in it. But this sauce was wonderful and the bread crumbs - or more like rice crumbs - it was a very Japanese or twigum like coating, was cooked to perfection. The pork itself was nicely tenderized and not to thick or thin. Just right. I loved the little maruska dolls on my utensils too.