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Best Yook Kye Jang?

egit Nov 5, 2009 01:59 PM

Today I was stricken with an irrepressible urge. As I finally slough off the last remnants of The Hamthrax (h1n1), I really wanted a bowl of yook kye jang. I did a quick search on this board and didn't really find any recommendations.

There are plenty of recs for the best korean bbq, etc, but nothing for yook kye jang. I thought about posting the question before lunch, but I knew I just couldn't wait for the answer.

So? Do any of the many people who know a lot about Korean food any any opinions on who has the best?

I happened to wander into Shilla, where I'd never been before. Theirs was serviceable, but not a particularly beefy broth. The broth definitely held together well, and it was a very pleasing red color. I would say it was rich without being particularly "deep." It almost seemed like the broth was thickened ever so slightly-- which may explain why it didn't separate into broth and fat droplets, like many do.

I got my fix. And I was satisfied. But there must be a better bowl of Yook Kye Jang out there in k-town.

37 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

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  1. egit RE: egit Nov 9, 2009 10:46 AM


    1. Miss Needle RE: egit Nov 9, 2009 11:22 AM

      Believe it or not, I've had some good yuk gae jang from Kum Gang San (the highly maligned Korean restaurant on these boards). Broth was pretty rich and they were generous with the shredded beef. And no thickeners -- you'll see the fat droplets separate from the broth. But it has been a while since I've had it so things could have changed.

      Kum Gang San
      49 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

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      1. re: Miss Needle
        gloriousfood RE: Miss Needle Nov 11, 2009 11:03 AM

        I know KGS does not get a lot of love here, but I go back repeatedly for their duk mandoo guk and think their banchans are decent.

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        Lau RE: egit Nov 9, 2009 11:50 AM

        you'll notice that most of the restaurants in manhattan ktown are generalists restaurants and their chigaes tend to be okay, but not very good overall...probably not a very helpful answer, but i don't remember having good version of it anywhere in ktown (my gf loves it, but she usually just makes it at home) although i haven't really gone out of my way

        the answer is probably in flushing somewhere (when it comes to chinese or korean the answer is almost always in flushing)

        1. egit RE: egit Nov 11, 2009 08:03 AM

          thanks for your thoughts on this. I was specifically hoping one or both of you would weigh in since you seem to know asian food (and korean specifically) very well.

          I may give kum gang san a try. Lau, I'm sure flushing is probably better but it's usually a matter of satisfying a craving. And a 45 minute ride on the 7 train looms large in that context. :-)

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          1. re: egit
            Lau RE: egit Nov 11, 2009 09:47 AM

            fyi, skip the 7 train (i never went when i had to take the 7 train)...if you take the LIRR, its a 15 minute ride

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