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Sep 28, 2009 05:48 PM

Budae Jjigae restaurant recs?

Does anyone have any favorite places to get Budae jjigae?

We had it at Sahn Maru in Oakland and at first thought it was just ok there. Took home the massive amount of leftovers from the pot. Ate it the next day and was really good. By the third day, IT WAS AMAZING! We were ready to break the take out container in two and lick it clean.

I've been craving some and heard they have it at Jang Su Jang in Santa Clara.

For anyone who doesn't know what Budae jjigae is, here is a great wiki explanation.
Basically a Korean Stew with everything you could think of in it. :D

Thanks for any help!

Sahn Maru Korean BBQ
4315 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

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  1. I've had it at Jang Su Jang and quite liked it. They give you a nice amount of tasty pork belly in addition to the usual wieners and spam. The broth is really good, too.

    1. They make it at Casserole House. I haven't tried it and am not likely to.

      Casserole House
      4301 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        We tried the budae jigae (listed on the menu as "Kimchee and Sausage Casserole") at Casserole House tonight -- my wife had had the dish in New York once and was in the mood, and it was the first time for me.

        I thought it was just all right. I didn't mind the "lowness" of the ingredients (the spam, the hot dogs, the ramen, etc.), but the broth was too spicy and too sour for my taste. My wife said that wasn't the case with the version she'd had. I don't think we'd order this again at Casserole House, but I would be curious to try Sahn Maru's rendition.

        Casserole House
        4301 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

      2. Arang in SF has it.

        1506 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

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          1. Finally found a good version of budae jjigae (or "army stew") - at Kang Tong Degi. It's listed on the menu as "spicy ham and noodle soup" or something like that. A great deal for $21.99 (or maybee $22.99), as it's a big pot, plenty even for three or four people to share if you order other things. They'll refill the pot with broth halfway through, too, if you want them to - which we had them do just so the soup for our leftovers wouldn't all get soaked up.

            I'm definitely no expert on this dish, as the only other version I've had was Casserole House's, which I didn't like at all. In any case, this was much, much better - the broth had great flavor and was plenty spicy but not inedibly so. No premium ingredients here, just lots and lots of spam and hot dog pieces and ramen, along with some tofu, mushrooms, onions and zucchini. Overall, quite tasty and strangely addictive. They asked if we wanted some rice to eat with it, which was nice to have but probably unnecessary.

            Despite the (very nice) server's warning that the stew was a lot of food, we also got an order of fried chicken strips with peanut sauce - also a huge order for $10.99. The chicken strips were batter-fried and the chicken itself was reminiscent of the "gampoongi" at Chef Yu's, except it was served with a healthy smothering of a sweet peanut-based sauce. (The one time I ordered the gampoongi at Chef Yu's, I found their chicken to be rather dry and stringy, so I actually liked this better.)

            Looks like they have a happy hour deal through July 25 or so - I can't read Korean, but from what I could gather, from 6:00 to 9:00, beer is $3 for a "small" and $8 for a "large" (which I presume is one of those Korean 40s) and some kind of discount on soju too. We weren't imbibing, so didn't bother asking about it.

            Anyway, based on these two dishes, I might like this sojubang the best of the three I've tried so far in Oakland - though we'll still probably head to OB Chicken Town if we want straight-up fried chicken.

            Kang Tong Degi
            3702 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

            Casserole House
            4301 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

            Chef Yu's
            3919 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609