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Cindy and I went to MukEunJi which is a Korean restaurant on Broad Avenue at Palisades Park, NJ. I have eaten there before with my parents and thought it was one of the better Korean food places among the multitudes of other Korean restaurants. We ordered the Dakdoritang which is a spicy chicken soup with potatoes, kimchi, and other various vegetables. The broth was very thick and was very enriching and fulfilling. The chicken was also cooked to perfection.

As complimentary side dishes my favorite was the mussels in broth and the ddukboki. Ddukboki is a spicy rice cake dish with fish cake cooked in a pepper paste sauce. The prices were good and so was the food.

127 Broad Street
Palisades Park, NJ 07650
201-363-0600

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After work, I decided to visit John and as usual, I didn’t have the time to grab lunch or dinner before I went. So, there is this neat catering place in his neighborhood and I got two of these items under 10 bucks!

The first one was the spicy bulgogi (Korean dish which consists of marinated beef) and the second one I picked was jap chae (Korean dish made of cellophane noodles). They were both average…I didn’t care; as long as I had food in my stomach.

It was more than enough food for me that I had leftovers. The store had a variety of Korean dishes that were fresh and wrapped on the day of. Always make sure you have cash on you…you never know when you’re going to need it.

306 Broad Ave
Palisades Park, NJ 07650
(201) 944-8716

I met up with one of my sorority sisters and we both had lunch together at Kum Gang San restaurant located in K-town, Manhattan. The restaurant had two floors and it was very immense inside. The decor was also nice. How about the food? I think it was pretty average for Korean food…nothing special. It still filled me up though.

I ordered the gop dol bibimbop, which came in a hot stone pot. There was also another option on the menu if you want it served cold. My dish also came with a small bowl of miso soup. The bibimbop came with the usual marinated beef, sauteed vegetables with seaweed, and a nice egg on top. I thought it was kind of dull…the flavors just didn’t pop in my mouth. Unfortunately, it was quite disappointing. My sister ordered a dumpling soup. The banchan (small side dishes) were okay…I particularly liked the bean curd. Towards the end, we were given these small bowls of complimentary icy strawberry desserts.

Great place for lunch if you are in the area but definitely not a place worth trekking to unless you are meeting up with a friend. 🙂

49 W 32nd St
(between 5th Ave & Broadway)
New York, NY 10001
(212) 967-0909

While strolling around Koreatown in Midtown Manhattan, I was craving for some Korean bbq. Most of the Korean bbq restaurants are located in Queens, New York but that happens to be extremely far away for me. John and I happened to stumble upon a hidden gem called Mandangsui on W. 35th st. which was a couple of blocks away from K-Town.

This place seems to be extremely popular and packed that customers were waiting outside. People tend to come in big groups for Korean barbeque but they do take reservations. However, we got a table right when we arrived. Throughout our whole meal, the staff was very attentive and welcoming which is a definite plus. The usual side dishes of banchan came out quickly, which varies from fermented cabbage (kimchi), wakame seaweed, and other small dishes including a small pot of Korean steamed egg casserole (gyeran jjim). This egg dish is also popular in Chinese cuisine while I was growing up.

We decided to go for two servings of their Yang-Ngyum Galbi (fresh butterflied & Korean style marinated short ribs). It’s a bit pricey (like most Korean bbqs are) but the meat was tender, a little fatty, and of good quality! I couldn’t have asked for better. Our waitress was very alert to the beef that was marinating on our built-in grill in our table and helped us cut it. After it was done grilling, we wrapped our beef in these fresh lettuce leaves and added some spicy paste (ssamjang), and spicy spring onions (pajori). We also ordered a bowl of Korean stew (sundubu jjigae), which we thought was okay. We will definitely come back for more if we are ever in the area and order some soju to complement our meal. Of course our clothes reeked of bbq smell when we left but we were satisfied with our dinner.

35 W. 35th St.
New York, NY 10009
(212) 564-9333


My mom took me out to eat after my lasik surgery. It was hard to see the food but my tastes buds were working perfectly fine. It was seriously one of the best korean tofu stews I had in a while. You could pick from not spicy, medium spicy, spicy, to extremely spicy. My mom advised me to order the spicy one. The broth which I feel is the most important factor in a Korean stew was well balanced, hearty, and extremely flavorful.

We also ordered a serving of galbi which in Korean restaurants if you order 1 serving, they cook it in the back for you and bring on a dish. The galbi was nothing special but the soondubu was to die for. I cannot wait to eat there again.

118 Broad Avenue (North Plaza 2nd Floor)
Palisades Park, NJ 07650
201-313-5550

My mom and I ate at a very rustic styled Korean restaurant in Palisades Park, NJ. I ordered the Fish Egg & Kimchi bimbimbop which came in a sizzling stone pot. It was very delicious and the stone pot cooked the fish eggs almost immediately upon contact. The kimchi was a huge highlight of the dish which was fermented perfectly.

108 Broad Avenue
Palisades Park, NJ 07650
201-945-9114

My mom made me an awesome breakfast which consisted of Doenjang jjigae, chives and squash pancake, and a side of green tea rice.

The doenjang jjigae is a stew made from soybean paste with mushrooms, squash, leeks, and other various vegetables. It tastes very good and is soothing to eat. The chives and squash pancake is one of my favorites. I just dipped it in soy sauce and ate it with my rice. The green tea rice was the wow factor for me. It was the first time I ever had something like this.  The rice was tinted green and it tasted very much like green tea. It had a wholesome taste to it which was amazing.

I want to start this post off by saying that this place was pretty delicious. Ahgujjim is steamed fish in a spicy mixture with vegetables. The fish was very delicate and moist. The Galbijjim is steamed beef ribs which melted in my mouth in all of its fatty glory. (Jjim is put at the end of food names to indicate that it was steamed). the Bibimbop (mixed vegetables with rice) complimented the other dishes very well.

I washed it all down with a couple of glasses of Hite beer (very watery and sub par) and some Chumchurum Soju (which is alcohol from barley, sweet potatoes, rice, etc.) which is always a plus. After the meal was complete, we were given some sort of shaved pumpkin ice which tasted extremely weird. Very bad way to end a wonderful meal.

321 Broad Avenue
Ridgefield, NJ 07657
201-313-2450

Forgot to take my lunch today to work so my boss took me to Crystal Palace which was 5 minutes away (walking distance). When we entered the place, it was pretty empty which was disheartening, because it was lunch time. To make things even worse, my boss told me that this place is not that great… except for the jjamppong.

So that is what I ordered. The dish comes in two varieties, which is regular and seafood. i ordered the seafood because I am a big fan of scallops, shrimp, and squid. Jjamppong is a Korean-Chinese fusion dish. It is a spicy noodle soup flavored with onions, chili, and garlic. The noodles were a bit overcooked but the broth was pretty good.

150 Sylvan Ave
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
201-816-8999

I went into this Korean restaurant, once again, and did not know what to order. I wanted to eat something I have not had much of so I ordered Ddaro Guk Bap.

The meal started off with a Korean styled split pea soup. Honestly, I cannot differentiate between split pea soup at a American restaurant and split pea soup at Todam. It was hearty and was a welcome start to the meal.

Then came the main dish, ddaro guk bap. This dish is basically a spicy soup with beef, scallions, bracken fern, onions, and more. Extremely spicy and delicious. I dumped my bowl of rice in the soup and ate it together. If you are not a fan of spicy foods, I do not recommend this dish.

The meal ended with a cold ginger tea which cleansed the pallet. Overall, it was a very good meal.

344 Broad Ave
Leonia, NJ 07605
201-461-9111

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