Fork in the Road Eats Korean BBQ in Flushing

This week, my column is on Ga Si Ri, a charcoal Korean barbecue spot in Flushing. (Right now the picture that's up with the column isn't actually of Ga Si Ri.) I love this place, even though it seems that you can only get the kalbi (short ribs) grilled over the coals--everything else over gas. But that kalbi (the specialty) is completely delicious, as are the other barbecue options, including ox tounge and black pork belly.

Plus, there's this:

Order the sam kyup sal bossam ("bossam," for short) at Ga Si Ri, and soon a gigantic platter is plunked on the table. Playing-card-sized slabs of braised pork belly occupy half of the plate, each slice leaning on the other like giant, streaky dominoes. Piled on the other side of the platter is a deep-red, crunchy mix of shredded daikon seasoned with chile-garlic sauce and scallions. This mixture harbors a generous serving of raw oysters, which comes as a surprise when you're crunching on spicy radish and get a goopy bite that gushes oyster brine. Wrap a slab of pork belly in a piece of napa cabbage, top it with the radish-oyster combo, and drizzle it with "traditional shrimp sauce"--a sickly-pink liquid flecked with red that's very salty and funky but is perfect as a part of the whole.

Ga Si Ri
162-04 Northern Boulevard
Flushing, Queens, 718-888-9400


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