June 16, 2009
March 17, 2009
My mom has been raving about this place and their 99 cent zhajiang mian (noodles and black bean sauce) ever since her friend brought her here last week. She kept saying the next time I visit home she would bring me, which is exactly what she did when I went home over the weekend.
The restaurant is located right next to Lotte supermarket off of Rt. 40. The sign advertises the establishment as “Korean-style Chinese” cuisine. I don’t really know what that means. They covered their windows completely with banners advertising their 99 cent special. As a result no natural light comes into the restaurant, which actually makes for more pleasant lighting from the inside. The inside is clean and very nicely decorated with dark wood panels and brlightly lit with recess lights. You wouldn’t guess from the outside how nice it looks on the inside.
They don’t give you much in regards to appetizers. Just some pickled yellow radish, raw onions and a dipping sauce. But I guess since it’s technically a “Chinese” restaurant they’re not obligated to provide any of the traditional Korean appetizers? Anyway, I was never a big fan of pickled yellow radish anyway.
Take home message–I’d definitely go back for more “Korean Chinese” food.
Oh yea…and I saw this on the menu and got a kick out of it.
March 3, 2009
Last Saturday, my friend Ed invited me and 16 of his closest friends to try this Korean place in Glen Burnie he heard about. It’s called Goong Jeon (their advertised URL doesn’t work). Based on the one review on yelp at the time, it only had one star, but the reviews on citysearch were better. So I figured I had to check it out for myself and form my own opinion. Because we had such a large party, they put us in one of the private rooms, which was nice because we were able to make lots of noise and be rowdy without disturbing everyone else in the restaurant (which wasn’t very full anyway). Although, the room we were in was really cold. One of the servers brought in a heat lamp on one side of the room, but the other side of the room was still freezing. You had the option of eating at the dinner buffet ($18.99/person), which consisted of your choice of raw proteins and vegetables which you could cook at the table. I wish there were more Korean BBQ places around here where you can cook at the table. About 5 in our party chose that option. The rest of us ordered a bunch of dishes to share. We ordered three proteins, the bulgolgi, kalbi, and spicy pork. But because we were such a large party, our server said they would just cook it in their kitchen for us rather than let us cook it ourselves, so I was a little disappointed I didn’t get to cook.
February 10, 2009
I went home over the weekend to see my parents, and we decided to have lunch at Bethany Seafood, since we hadn’t been there in over a month. (*gasp*).
I always love that if you leave a layer of rice at the bottom, the stone pot is so hot it continues to fry the rice while you eat and at the end it’s nice and crispy. It’s literally a rice crispy treat, haha.
January 27, 2009
January 6, 2009
This Korean restaurant in Ellicott City off of Rt 40 is a favorite of my parents. We went there on New Year’s Day with some family friends and ordered the large sushi boat shown here:
There was the standard salmon, tuna, red snapper, etc. But there were also some interesting items like sea cucumber (very chewy when eaten raw; shown at the bottom left in the square dish), abalone (just above the Red snapper on the right), and this weird slimy thing that the servers only knew the korean name for (at the tip (bow?) of the boat).