Every time my brother or sister are in town we always go eat Korean BBQ. Without fail we pile into the car and head over to Jin in Plano. There are plenty of places to eat Korean BBQ in Dallas, but Jin is our favorite. The reason why I like it so much is because it’s self serve. There are still cuts of meats that you have to order from the wait staff, but the majority of the food is available buffet style for you to get as much of or as little as you want.
I love the concept of self serve at this restaurant. Originally when Jin first opened you had to order everything with the wait staff and the wait time was long. It’s not that the staff was slow, but the restaurant is pretty large and the poor people were being run ragged. I always want a little bit more of something or other so it’s great that I can just grab a couple of pieces. I would think you have less waste if you let people portion control themselves. Then again there are some out there (like me) who have eyes that are bigger than their stomachs.
If you’ve never had Korean food before then you are missing out. Every meal comes with these little side dishes called banchan. Normally they’re served separately in little dishes, but this is buffet style so I loaded my plate with all of my favorites. Starting from the top of the plate and working our way clockwise I have the following:
- Korean lettuce salad
- Korean coleslaw with clear noodles (I’m not sure what it is actually)
- Sautéed sea plant
- Spicy marinated egg plant
- Broccoli with sesame oil
- Fish cakes
- Mung bean sprouts with sesame oil
We got a ton of different types of marinated and non-marinated meats from the buffet. These are just two choices that we had to order from the waiter. Thinly sliced pork belly and beef tongue. I had an aversion to tongue of all kinds (HA!) before I tried it at a Korean BBQ restaurant a few years ago. I found that it didn’t taste weird like I thought it would. It’s a wonderful cut of meat and if you are still nervous about trying it – get it thinly sliced. It’s not off-putting that way. 😉
As you can see from this nice aerial view we also ordered ribeye steak and pork cheeks. I didn’t take a picture of all the other plates of meats on the other side of the table, but believe me there were a bunch of them. We had a pile of empty plates once we were done grilling everything up.
From the cooked food bar I got sesame chicken, japchae (sweet potato noodle dish), tteokbokki (you can’t really see it, but it’s rice cake in sweet chili sauce) and kimchi fried rice. This plate is where I went wasteful. I only ate a little bit of this stuff so I really shouldn’t have gotten it. My eyes were definitely bigger than my stomach here.
Here’s a new feature I’m going to start adding to my blog. Food porn! Enjoy!
And that folks is the look of someone who is full, but is soldiering on because there’s still so much meat left on the table.
To read a previous post I did on Jin click here.