Good Korean in Middlesex/Monmouth Counties, NJ
Born & raised, in Sayreville, NJ (a great place to be from), left 40 yrs ago, now living in N. Maine, not much food diversity here. We drive down frequently to visit my mom and revel in going out, often 3-4 times a day, and finding great "hole in the wall" places w/ great, cheap ethnic food. Korean food does not exist here, our son lives in Seoul and we have developed a"yen" for Korean food; any recommendations?
ps There is a kim chi museum in Seoul!
Could you be thinking of Woo Jeon? We had the bbq there twice, and I came to the conclusion that it's just o.k. I recall having a delicious dumpling appetizer (fried?), so maybe the regular food is better.
In my restaurant files, I came across a 2004 "NY Times" review for Keum Ho Jung, in Edison. We've not tried it. It received a "Very Good" from Karla Cook. But given how I feel about her reviews, if I were to go, I'd keep my expectations severely in check.
Note: I searched the "NYTimes" site and found the review: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage...
You should try Kimchi Hana. They're great! I went there a couple of days ago. We had the gopdol bibimbap and the spicy pork with kim chi. MMMMMMM!!!!!!!
The gopdol bibimbap is my must have at every Korean restaurant to see if they're good and they're great. We also had the hwe du bob (?). It's raw fish with lettuce and rice in a bowl. Definitely better than Maru's and Nassau Bagel in Princeton.
Keum Ho WAS a favorite of mine also until they did something that I didn't like to our party of 8. We made reservations for a party of 8 and was led to this private room. There was a pretty large table and a smaller table. The waitress told us to sit in the smaller table and crammed us in because they're "expecting" a larger party. We were there for 2 hours and nobody came. After that, we never went back. There are better Korean restaurants out there.
Wow, there's a lot of bad service comments about Korean restaurants! Actually this is not surprising at all since Korean restaurant service works a little differently from typical American ones.
Here's a tip for any of you willing to try it :) The next time you're at a Korean restaurant and need someone at the table, don't wait - lift your hand towards the nearest wait staff and yell (nicely) "Yuh gee yoh!" (translation: Here!) This is not considered rude in korean culture and is one of my favorite things about korean dining - you don't have to wait for your waiter!
Had the opportunity to have lunch at Maru East Brunswick NJ today.
Seafood Pancake - good
Tkok Mandu Kuk - dumpling, sliced rice cake, beef broth - good
Will return to try other dishes - cozy restaurant with several traditional Korean BBQ tables.
Have also dined at
Woojeon Edison NJ
Bindaeduk - Mung Bean Pancake - Very Good
Seafood Pancake - Very Good
Sushi - Good
Edison Noodle House - Good
Had take out for a business dinner with colleagues and everything we shared was very good.
Favorite place to date is the Organic Tofu House Ridgewood NJ, that was great food and a memorable dining experience.
Thanks all. I haven't been back to Middlesex county since mom died in October, But we are going to Seoul for a month in June to see my new American'Korean grandson and chow down. We plan to hit the kim chee museum too!