Guam Diner Bytes: Uri Jip Restaurant
It has been far too long since I last visited Uri Jip Restaurant! Mama Chang was surprised and happy to see me when I walked in for lunch. She then chastised me for being gone for over a year or two! The island is full of Korean restaurants and everyone who likes Korean food has their favorite.
Uri Jip has long been a preferred destination for most who are looking for an unpretentious, home-style Korean dining experience. Uri Jip is not as fancy as some of the Tumon establishments that cater to tourists...Uri Jip is a local eatery, and has one of my favorite beef kalbi (grilled beef rib - $22.00) on Guam.
This is complemented by what I consider among the better “pan chan” selections of pickled marinated vegetables and kimchis. The name “Uri Jip” means “our home” and this is a family-run business owned and operated by the Chang family. They take enormous pride in the quality of their food – It’s like being invited and welcomed into their home.
When you go at night, be sure to watch the Korean TV channel which really helps create the homey ambiance...we usually catch the soap operas and dramas...they are quite engaging even if you don’t speak the language.
“Mama” Chang is always there along with her husband, “Papa” Chang, and they usually are relaxing at their table with some of their friends. As I said, it’s like dropping by their home. Sit down, have a glass of “soju” spirits and indulge in a wonderful Korean flavor adventure!
Ken “The Guam Food Guy” Stewart