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Korean restaurants with German names ?

Here in North Jersey, we've got several Korean restaurants with names like "Baden-Baden" and "Heidleburg" and I gotta wonder, what gives? Anyone know what the connection is?

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  1. Could be:
    --American Military Presence
    --Korean Bakeries

    1. Too cheap to buy new signs?

      Everyone in Northern Virginia is raving about Hong Kong Palace, once the home of yummy but mild dumplings and noodles, now home of unbelievably spicy authentic Szechuan. And it's clear that changing the signage was just a bit much when the new owners bought the place.

      I know that's not exactly as dramatic as the disjoint between Korea and Germany, but it's something.

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      1. re: wayne keyser

        That's certainly a viable theory, changing signs or changing business names. I remember many years ago there was a Thai restaurant in DC named the Three Vikings.

      2. reminds me of the fact that some korean bars in korea are called "hofs" ...isn't that a reference to germany?

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        1. re: bitsubeats

          absolutely...hof=house...I don't think it's laziness or an effort to save $$, as it seems to be very deliberate.

        2. I think you're on to something. Many of the korean pastries available at my local korean grocer are from a place called "The German Bakery".

          1. The German names on Korean Restaurants are Korean version of a German pub.Many of these places serve just beer and hard liquor but no korean alcohol. The food is also Korean pub food such as fried chickens ,french fries and Korean bar snacks.Baden Baden been to the Manhattan one many times is very popular with Korean-Americans and has loud music and very good chicken.

            1. As bitsubeats says above, it is the same in Seoul. I have no idea why, but many of the bars had "hof" in the name. Wiki says it is because Koreans mistakenly think it is the word for "hops" in German but this sounds suspect. They tend to be western-type drinking places. Maybe German beerhalls are simply associated with fun beer-fueled times?

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              1. re: Behemoth

                When I was in Korea many of the western style bars had American and British type names. Then there were some unfortunate incidents that made "Americanism's" less popular, so names were changed to a more European sound.
                Bakeries that feature breads and rolls tend to have non-Korean names, while traditional bakeries would have traditional Korean names.
                Restaurants may have non Korean names in order to reflect non traditional fare being offered, such as fusion, or offering non Korean meals in addition to Korean meals (Burgers and Bulgogi).

              2. I used to date a Korean Canadian who was born in Germany. His parents immigrated to Germany and stayed for a few years before coming to Canada.

                I did find this interesting tidbit: "Through the late 1970's, some 8,600 South Korean men went to work as miners in West Germany, joined by 10,400 nurses. Many Koreans married other Koreans; some nurses found German husbands.
                Some returned to South Korea after a few years, while others settled in Germany."
                That's from http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/09/int...

                1. While eating out with my Korean extended family, the topic moved oddly towards speaking other languages. My uncle, aunt and mom all began to speak in German, albeit very basic German. It seems that they all learned German in school when they were in Korea, around the 50s and 60s. But I can't offer any reasons as to why Korea would have had German influence.

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                  1. re: dream75517

                    maybe it was due to German being the language of science way back when....?? ...when i think about all the "german villages" in the US that I've gone to (Frankenmouth, MI; Helena, GA) it gives me some perspectives. Somewhere in the American collective imgagination there seems to be a "concept Bavaria" where Wiener Schnizle, german potato salad, and Brotwurst are butchered by American cooks amidst a uber-German setting that a former German Boyfriend once proclaimed "Why, it's more german than germany!"