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Atlanta: Any good Northern Chinese/Korean restaurants available?

ramblinwrek92 Oct 21, 2006 12:22 AM

Hey all,

I will be passing through ATL on my way from FL to TN next month and I was wondering if there were still any decent Northern Chinese/Korean restaurants left in the ATL.

Two restaurants come to mind: Pung Mie and Yen Jing. I was an undergrad at Georgia Tech many many moons ago and I actually remember Yen Jing opening. After doing a search, it looks like Pung Mie has gone downhill with new ownership. The type of food these restaurants made beside Northern Chinese food such as fried bread and dumplings include dishes such as ja jiang mien/myun or or Seafood San Shan noodles which is the chinese version of champong noodles.

Btw, I take it the Golden Buddha near Clermont and N. Druid Hills is still there? Hopefully they are still in business with the picture of the owner and Paul Newman on the wall by the cash register?

Thanks in advance.

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    ob2s Oct 21, 2006 04:40 AM

    G Bud is still there and ranked highly by the press, but a bit more Korean places have sprung up. Tofu Houses, Grills, Bap Joints. A place you should try for sure that is recent that has champong (jambong) and the noodles are made by hand is Nam Chun Hong
    5953 Buford Hwy NE
    Atlanta, GA 30340
    (770) 454-5640

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      unwisersweet Aug 16, 2007 04:54 PM

      Nam Chun Hong does not make all the noodles by hand. Let me tell you, a noodle that needs to make by hand takes a long time for it to completely be ready to eat. They may show in front of you that they're making the noodles by hand, but what makes you think that it's the noodles you're eating. Tell me this, do you really think they taste better???

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      gyp7318 Oct 22, 2006 04:17 AM


      I've been absolutely dying to try this but haven't yet made it to Atlanta. It was featured in a NYTimes.com article about a "hof"---a korean restaurant that serves beer and deep fried rotisserie chicken. It sounds awesome.

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        Steve Drucker Oct 22, 2006 08:30 PM

        Yen Jing opened, say around 1993. And you are right, definitely downhill. And MOST definitely downhill is Pung Mie, sigh.

        Not Korean-Chinese, as above, but best Northern Chinese/SW Sichuan in ATL (and IMHO--continental US) right now is Tasty China.

        Some very recent links with 411:

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          ramblinwrek92 Oct 23, 2006 04:38 AM


          I really appreciate the heads up about Tasty China. My Dad, who is from Taiwan is a "hot" head in terms of Chinese food so I am sure that he will appreciate it. The fact that it is in Marietta is a bonus as we are traveling up I-75 to see my sister in Nashville.

          It's disappointing to hear that Yen Jing and Pung Mie have gone downhill but not surprising as Chinese restaurants either change owners or chefs and the food accordingly suffers.

          Thanks again.

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            unwisersweet Aug 16, 2007 04:51 PM

            I don't agree with you. I gotta give the restaurants credit for being able to open for all these years. With so many new restaurants come and go, I gotta give my applaud to these two restaurants. Sigh nothing!

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            Steve Drucker Oct 23, 2006 12:19 PM

            "My Dad, who is from Taiwan is a "hot" head in terms of Chinese food..."

            Then be sure and order #98, the absolutely hottest thing I have ever eaten, its thoroughly blanketed on top with minced habanero peppers and garlic.

            411: I-75 North, exit Lower Loop 120 west towards Marietta. Left at first light after over pass onto Franklin Rd. Immediately left into strip center. So very easy I-75 on and off.

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              silvermanphoto Oct 26, 2006 12:55 AM

              Baden Baden Hof is invariably deserted, and when I went in after the NYT article came out, the host insisted that they have no relationship to the New York restaurant of the same name (despite what the Times review said.) They do have fried chicken on the menu, but the place is always so empty I don't want to waste a meal eating there.

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                Katj Aug 17, 2007 12:17 PM

                Baden Baden Hof is gone, no more. Taken down the building and built Windmills, cafe and bakery. Something like that. There are a lot of Korean BBQ's on Buford Hwy.

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                  offtheeatenpath Aug 17, 2007 12:35 PM

                  There's a new Korean fried chicken place next to the new Super H Mart in John's Creek. It's a chain, CheoGaJip is the name. I have not yet tried it since they serve only family style portions and I'm usually a solo diner at lunch. One report on another board was kind of negative. No alcohol served. They also serve Korean pizza. Korean fried chicken is all the rage in NYC right now.

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                unwisersweet Aug 16, 2007 04:42 PM

                just want to let you know, neither restaurant had change its owners. they are the same owners from before. Pung Mie just moved next door to a bigger restaurant. Also, Seafood San Shan noodle is the only version of champong, it's just in english.

                1. dinner belle Aug 17, 2007 03:07 PM

                  Don't know if Mirror of Korea between VA-Highland and Little 5 is still around, but it used to be pretty good.

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