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Feb 8, 2007 04:21 PM

Sean Chon House (Santa Clara) Moved from Food Media.

Nice article. I've been a Seoul Gom Tang regular since it opened. There's a new kid in town, Seen Chon House, on the corner of Kiely and Benton. After getting a tip for a co-worker a few months back, I haven't been back to SGT. The soup is more refined and the kim chi is better at Seen Chon, IMO. In fact, the napa cabbage kim chi is one of the best that I've had. They have the standard soups: brisket, oxtail, etc. One soup that is unique is wul sul, beef my de facto standard when I dine here.


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  1. That's exciting! Is it the same sort of stripped down, specialist with a limited menu that SGT is?

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Even more stripped down than SGT. No tonkatsu, no cold noodles. Just soup. Another thing that is a little different is that they don't provide any chili paste. If you want additional heat, you can either add your kim chi to the soup or you can scoop the sauce from the kim chi jars. But as I said, the kim chi is excellent.


      1. re: al88

        Thank you. Is the "no chili paste" a regional variant of some type?

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          gom tang and sullong tang are traditionally clear (well, more milky, I guess), not spicy soups.

          1. re: Humbucker

            Thanks, did you also find it odd that the author put the pickled daikon in his soup at Seoul Gom Tang?

            Here's the contact info -
            Seen Chon House Restaurant
            1066 Kiely Blvd. Santa Clara, CA
            (408) 983-0588

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Since SGT doesn't serve takuwan with their soups (like Zha Zhang does), I assume that "pickled daikon" means the daikon kimchi. If so, I don't find it odd at all. It is quite common for folks to cut up both the cabbage and daikon kimchi and add them to the soup.

              What I found strange at SGT was a young Korean lady dipping her kimchi in her tea to wash off the spice. I'm sure her mom would be so disappointed! ;)