Dose of Vitamin P: Palsaik Samgyupsal 8 Colorful Flavors of Pork
863 South Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90005
213 365 1750
Skittles already encouraged people to “taste the rainbow,” but they were only hyping fruit flavored candies. An even more tempting rainbow producer is definitely Palsaik Samgyupsal, a Korean pork belly practitioner that arrays their signature “8 Colorful Flavors of Pork” in a rainbow-like pattern on a tabletop griddle. Former LA Weekly restaurant critic Jonathan Gold first alerted me (and the rest of Los Angeles) to the potential benefits of this restaurant in a November review, which eventually filled a table with pork-inclined eaters who of course fixated on the Palsaik Set Menu ($39.99). The set included eight foot-long strips of pork belly, seven of which sported flavored marinades, including Wine, Ginseng, Garlic, Herb, Curry, Miso Paste, and Hot, aka Red Pepper Paste, aka Gochujang. They also included Original, which touts “pork’s natural flavonoids, rich in Vitamin B1.” Oh yeah, Palsaik Samgyupsal claims their fat-streaked strips of hog stomach are healthy. That’s more than a little unlikely, but we can dare to dream, can’t we?
My favorite belly was Hot, with a sizzle that locked in the spice, and as we learned from the wall, “gochujang contains protein, healthy fats, Vitamin B2, Vitamic C, and carotene.” Carotene of course is present in carrots and is renowned for aiding vision. If so, then it’s time to bump up my gochujang consumption, and to place more gochujang-slathered pork in my sights, stat.
Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.