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Asking for updated info on Korean (with BBQ) in Ocean/Monmouth Counties / Vietnamese also

Hello!

I wanted to take Mom on a lazy Sunday drive and have a nice lunch. I did a search for Korean since she hasn't had Korean since Eugene's in Brown Mills burnt down and pretty much all information is a year or so old. That is a long time in this business.

We live off of LBI in Ocean county and going North or West are good, I don't mind driving.

Any suggestions?

A good Vietnamese would be great as well.

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  1. Finally, someone on here who remember's Eugene's in Browns Mills. Miss that place. I'm sorry to say Quine that nothing even remotely close comes to mind here in Monmouth Co. (forget Ocean).

    I'd suspect, that based on your willingness to go North, that you may have to go to Fort Lee for good Korean.

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    1. re: JustJake

      Thank you JustJake. We were frequent fliers at Eugene's. We found it when Dad was at Deborah. The neon sign said "BBQ Sushi"
      Oh wow,that was I gotta see what that means.

      Eugene's holds a special place in my heart, the family is so warm and inviting. I LOVED the next door market. Plus any place that has a Store cat is a real plus for me.

      i will now seek Vietnamese for our drive.

      I am looking at Cherry Hill or AC for that. Any comments?

      1. re: Quine

        Little Saigon in Atlantic City is very good for Vietnamese. It's a small place so I suggest you call ahead for a table.

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        Little Saigon Restaurant
        2801 Arctic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

      2. re: JustJake

        The best Korean BBQ right now is the Krave food truck out of Jersey City. Well worth a trip.

      3. The place in Lincroft that used to be Saigon II is now a Korean/Japanese place. I've never been there so I can't give any kind of a review. It's about a half mile west of exit 109 next door to the Subway and Luigi's.

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        Saigon II
        650 Newman Springs Rd, Lincroft, NJ 07738

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        1. re: cantkick

          That place isn't worth making a drive for...but good Korean can be had in edison, not quite as far as Fort Lee.

          1. re: joonjoon

            Joon, can you offer up some suggestions. Live at the shore, work in Somerset and Edison isn't a reach for lunch. I hate that town, with traffic etc, so there's very little room to just get into the car to and throw fate to the wind in search for Korean in what is a very brief lunch hour....

            Thanks in advance.

            1. re: JustJake

              Hi Jake,

              Totally get you on the traffic...I used to live in Highland Park and I do NOT miss my commuting traffic!

              There are a number of good Korean joints in Edison that are nearly as good as their Fort Lee/Pal Park counterparts.

              For a full-menu Korean BBQ, my favorite is Keum Ho Jung on Old Post Rd. They do everything from Sushi to Korean BBQ. There's another restaurant on Old Post that's also pretty good, Chung Sol Bat. CSB is BYO so I like to go there with plenty of soju. :) There's another joint on Rt 1 southbound side called Woo Jeon that is also good, but for me is #3 behind the other places. But I would recommend you try them all out and decide for yourself!

              Another place worth mentioning is Kimchi Hana, in S. Plainfield I believe. It's right off 287 and true to their name, they put out some delicious Kimchi. IMO this place is slightly more western-palate friendly, but in a good way.

              There are a couple other Korean places in Edison I like to go to. The first is Edison Noodle House on Old Post Road,. in the Shoprite plaza. This place serves basic Korean fare and Korean-Chinese food, with a concentration on Noodles. I'm not sure if you're familiar with Korean Chinese food, but it's delicious!

              Speaking of Korean Chinese food, there's another Korean Chinese joint on Rt1 South in the Pathmark plaza called China Star. If you go there make sure you ask for the Korean menu. Lots of good stuff there.

              Hope you enjoy the Korean food in Edison!

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              Kimchi Hana
              6101 Middlesex Mall, South Plainfield, NJ 07080

              Noodle House
              2313 US Highway 1 Ste 4, North Brunswick, NJ 08902

              Keum Ho Jung Restaurant
              518 Old Post Rd Ste 12, Edison, NJ 08817

              1. re: joonjoon

                Joon, you're the best. Thanks for the feedback. I should've known that this area should hold promise for that search.

                I'll let the forum know of my dining experience.

                Thanks again.

                1. re: joonjoon

                  JoonJoon,

                  DH & I went to Kimchi Hana a few weeks ago and loved it! Can't wait to go back.

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                  Kimchi Hana
                  6101 Middlesex Mall, South Plainfield, NJ 07080

              2. re: joonjoon

                I'm sorry joonjoon, but there is no decent Korean restaurant in Edison or outside of Bergen county period! Please do not mislead others on the forum to even imagine Korean food can be found in Edison/Middlesex county.

                For all looking for Korean food, it will require a drive to Fort Lee/Palisades Park or NYC (Manhattan and Queens)

                1. re: gymzung

                  Gymzung, I don't see how I'm misleading anyone here - I didn't say Edison was better than PP/FL, I said if you want an alternative without the drive there are good options in Edison, and I stand by that statement.

                  Between Keum Ho Jung, Chung Sol Bat, Edison Noodle House and China Star, I can satisfy most of my Korean cravings without having to go to Fort Lee.

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                  Noodle House
                  2313 US Highway 1 Ste 4, North Brunswick, NJ 08902

                  Keum Ho Jung Restaurant
                  518 Old Post Rd Ste 12, Edison, NJ 08817

                  1. re: joonjoon

                    I have to agree with joonjoon. My wife travels to Korea 4 times a year for business and finds Kimchi Hana more than acceptable. Not as good as she gets over there of course, but very good.

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                    Kimchi Hana
                    6101 Middlesex Mall, South Plainfield, NJ 07080

                    1. re: hcentro

                      Ill agree with hcentro...we've all dined at KCH it was a wonderful experience all the way....and belive me his wife knows KOREAN FOOD ;-)

                    2. re: joonjoon

                      I never notice Chung Sol Bat before. Is it the one right next to Keum Ho Jung? What kind of food does it offer? Is it pretty much the same as KHJ? thanks.

                      1. re: yCf

                        Their menu is slightly smaller but they have most of the same stuff as KHJ. Their galbi is a little sweeter and scored for extra tenderness. I like it a lot, it's a great alternative to KHJ, especially when you're looking to BYO.

                        1. re: joonjoon

                          A thumbs-up to KHJ. Went with a large party last night and we had a blast with the bbq and several other menu items. We were the only non-Asians and were treated very well by the staff who went out of there way to help us with the menu and to explain the various dishes.

              3. Well, given the specific request in the title of this thread, and the fact that only one rather questionable establishment was cited in Monmouth/ Ocean counties (Kimchi & Sushi - doesn't even offer kimchi on the menu), we can assume there are none in this area?

                http://www.exit109.com/~mstevens/Take...

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                1. re: equal_Mark

                  *sigh* It sure koos that way equal_mark. Drats!

                  1. re: equal_Mark

                    Went to Kimchi & Sushi for lunch last Saturday. It wasn't the greatest Korean good but it is passable and it is the only Korean place in the area.
                    The lunch specials offered M-Sat is pretty good deal. We ordered one Chicken Teriyaki lunch box for our kids, a seafood tofu pot, and a Bibim Bap. The bill with tip is around $35 we were stuffed.
                    I recommend this place if you are in this area and crave some korean food.

                  2. Giving a bit of a bump to my own old post, I will say that I have found Pho Eden in Marlton, Nj to be pretty good. There is also an H Mart just west of it on Rt 70 (just before 295 entrance) with a Korean restaurant above it. I am not so keen on that one, but adore H Mart.

                    I am looking at trying in the Edison area, so if anyone wants to ante up some recent advice, I am all ears. There is a H Mart near there, did I recall that correctly?

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                    1. re: Quine

                      The H Mart in Edison is fantastic, and it's surrounded by good eats, some of which is in the food court itself.

                      I finally paid a visit to Picnic Garden a week or so ago, and it was GLORIOUS. I don't remember the last time I enjoyed so much meat for 28 bucks. Well worth a visit.

                      1. re: joonjoon

                        If you're willing to drive south, go to Little Saigon in Atlantic City for some excellent, authentic Vietnamese cuisine. It's a small (maybe 10 tables) BYOB - the food never disappoints...

                        1. re: joonjoon

                          So Kong Dong Tofu House on the other side of H Mart in that same strip mall is pretty good too, if you haven't tried that either. Very limited menu but great tofu soups

                          http://www.cfoodonline.com/shop.asp?i...

                        2. re: Quine

                          Returning the focus to Monmouth County, The Vietnamese restaurant Saigon II that had been in Lincroft has now relocated to Red Bank as Pho Le...

                          http://saigon2.com/ (still using the old URL)

                          1. re: equal_Mark

                            When I was at Delicious Orchards yesterday, I noticed a sign across 34 in front of the building that housed the defunct I Cavallini which said a new restaurant, Saigon something (can't remember the second part), will be opening soon.

                            http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

                            1. re: RGR

                              Interesting. I drove past that place on my way to work for 3 years. I hope it's a BBQ! Thanks!

                        3. Quine: I frequent Pho Eden regularly, but here are a few more suggestions for Vietnamese in the Cherry Hill area.
                          Pho 38 Pennsauken
                          http://www.pho-38.com/
                          Pho Barclay in the Barclay Farms shopping center on 70 in CH (skip the Asian market in this center; not nearly as good as HMart
                          )http://phobarclay.com/?cat=6
                          Pho Garden on Kings Hwy in Cherry Hill (try the Bagels from Bagel Spot in that center: excellent
                          )http://maps.google.com/maps/place?rls...
                          Pho So 1 on 38 in Cherry Hill (about 1/2 mile east of the CH Mall
                          )http://maps.google.com/maps/place?rls...

                          From the list, I think the Pho from Pho Barclay, Pho Garden and Pho 38 are really good. Spring rolls from Pho Eden are absolutely the best in the area, as well as their rice and vermicelli dishes. Very nice atmosphere at Pho Barclay, Pho Garden, and Pho 38. Service good at all, but a little rough at Pho so1.
                          I'm no expert on Korean,but people really seem to like Sammy Chon's on Route 70 In CH.

                          http://www.ktownbbq.com/

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