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May 24, 2008

Vit Goal - Boiling Korean. Plus Triangle Bailliage

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The tofu soup at bottom is boiling.  Yummy lunch at Vit Goal -- the 2nd Korean restaurant near the corner of Highways 55 and 54 by RTP.  (The first is Chosun OK in the northeast corner.  Vit Goal is on Allendown Dr., a block south of the southeast corner.)  You should go.  And afterward, buy some make-your-own-Korean-meal ingredients next door at Shilla Oriental Food and Gifts.

Update: Jason Perlow (founder of eGullet) has a great blog about both Vit Goal and Chosun OK here at OffTheBroiler.com

Looking for Vit Goal map, I stumbled across Vit Goal photos and an article from the Triangle Bailliage de North Carolina. According to their website:

"The Triangle Bailliage de North Carolina is a local chapter of the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs.  La Chaîne is a unique gastronomic society, headquartered in Paris,  with more than 20,000 members in over 100 countries."

I remember reading about La Chaîne some years ago (I probably wanted to join), and I think it's fair to say that the Triangle Bailliage -- founded in 1987 -- was one of the earlier Triangle foodie groups.  Their website hasn't been updated since November, so I'm not sure if they're still cranking, but you can take a tour around several years of their restaurant visits. 

You'll see that they are clearly "traditional".  As part of their custom, officers and some members wear ribbons and medallions.  Professional members include prominent restaurateurs such as Van Eure, Giorgios Bakatsias and Scott Howell, representing several of the Triangle's longstanding well-regarded restaurants.

That said, a visit to their website will also make you wonder if their "model" is a bit out of date for 21st century US eating.  The first thing I noticed was that their trip to Vit Goal last year was billed as their "annual ethnic dinner".  In the previous year, their "annual ethnic dinner" was a trip to Jibarra.  Oh well -- just visit and you'll see what I'm talking about.  Different generations.  Different approaches to food and culture and writing.  (And yes, I remember that everything we have today is built on what people did before.)  Someone let me know if they've moved their website to a new address, or if they've shut down, or anything else about them.  I'm curious.*

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*Not that I'm claiming credit for any of his skills -- but throughout that last paragraph, I felt like I was channeling the spirit of Eat at Joe's :-)

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Comments

Yes, but do they offer mondu? (probably not spelling it right, but... Korean potstickers)

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