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Looking for ddak kalbi in Fort Lee/Palisades area

Miss Needle Jul 30, 2009 06:25 PM

Hi. I'll have my car over the weekend and am looking for a good ddak kalbi place in Jersey. I'd rather go to a restaurant that specializes in this dish if possible. Ddak kalbi is not Korean fried chicken or chicken in beef kalbi marinade grilled over coals. This is what I'm looking for:


Any suggestions?

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  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: Miss Needle Jul 30, 2009 06:56 PM

    90% of the people who live in my building are Korean, but i've honestly never met a single one of my neighbors so i wouldn't know who to ask! but i can tell you that Palisades Park will definitely be a better bet than Fort Lee.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet
      Miss Needle RE: goodhealthgourmet Jul 31, 2009 09:50 AM

      Thanks. I'll try to concentrate my search to the Palisades area.

    2. Ambimom RE: Miss Needle Jul 31, 2009 08:27 AM

      The first place I ever had kalbi was at: So Kong Dong Restaurant, 130 Main St
      Fort Lee, NJ 07024, (201) 242-0026 and it was absolutely delicious. Word of caution, however, this place is usually packed and finding parking is not easy. The location started out as a private home and it's parking lot is what used to be it's front lawn so it's cramped and difficult to maneuver, even if you do score a space, which is iffy at best. Their food is amazing, but if you're looking for service and ambience, this is NOT the place for you. If you're looking for excellent food and are willing to put up with the hassle, then by all means you will not regret it. No one does it bette which is why it is so popular.

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        Miss Needle RE: Ambimom Jul 31, 2009 09:52 AM

        I believe So Kong Dong is mainly a soon tofu (soft tofu casserole) restaurant. So I'm kind of doubtful they would have ddak-kalbi. And if they do, it wouldn't be their specialty. But thanks anyway!

        And I'm definitely a person who puts quality of chow above service and ambiance. So dives are perfectly fine with me.

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          Monica RE: Miss Needle Jul 31, 2009 12:48 PM

          As far as i know, there isn't a restaurant in Palisades Park that specializes in Dak kalbi. You can probably go to regular bbq place like 'So moon nan jip' and order that. or you can also go to 'Ma dang sheh' in Fort Lee.

      2. sixelagogo RE: Miss Needle Aug 2, 2009 05:38 AM

        thought this would interest you...

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          goodhealthgourmet RE: sixelagogo Aug 2, 2009 06:57 AM

          unfortunately that thread is about 8 years old, and Shin Goong Jun is no longer there. i think the place is now called Seoul...

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            sixelagogo RE: goodhealthgourmet Aug 2, 2009 11:20 AM

            bummer...i've been told(recently), however, there is a spot in pal park that does do charcoal bbq...thought that might have been the place, though it must be another.

        2. goodhealthgourmet RE: Miss Needle Aug 2, 2009 11:46 AM

          ok, so i know it's too late now, but next time you might want to try So Moon Nan Jip at 238 Broad Avenue in Palisades Park. word on the street is that they do a good kalbi, and they use charcoal.

          in the meantime, go to Flushing - that's where the good stuff is anyway!

          1. Miss Needle RE: Miss Needle Aug 4, 2009 11:24 AM

            Due to getting a late start, we ended up eating somewhere in Woodstock (which was wonderful). But thank you anyway for your responses. Perhaps next time I'm in the area, I'll explore So Kong Dong and So Moon Nan Jip. About Madangsui ("madangsheh"), I live only a few blocks away from their Manhattan location! But they do have good BBQ. I haven't gotten past their pork and beef offerings. But I'll try the chicken one day.

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