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Apr 11, 2011 04:54 PM

Awesome Korean in Philly?

I'm looking for really good, authentic Korean in the general area of Philadelphia--where should I go? I've heard conflicting reports as to whether good Korean actually exists in Philly, so I figured I'd ask the Philly hounds here. I'm coming from Northern Virginia (home of some really, really incredible, real deal Korean chow), and I don't want to be disappointed. What restaurants have Koreans filling seats?
ALSO, anywhere I can get Sannakji (fresh octopus tentacles)? I know it's a bit of a novelty here in the states (because they're still moving and squiggling around on the plate), but is there anywhere that serves it here, or anywhere old school enough that they might be happy to prepare it for me? My brother's never had it, and I think he'd enjoy and appreciate the experience.

Thanks much.

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  1. This thread was just recently brought back to life and should answer your first question:

    One place not on there: Jong Ka Jib for awesome soondubu -- 6600 N 5th St. Also, if you're on a mission, skip over the places downtown and head straight for North Philly/Melrose Park or the suburbs.

    About the Sannakji, I don't know but I'm excited to find out.

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    1. re: barryg

      Thanks, much. I'll let you know how my hunt/polite request with crossed fingers goes.

    2. Thought you needed 'long octopus' for the fresh tentacles, not the regular octopus you see in the US. Was not aware this species even came here as have to be kept live until chopping it up or, of course, it would not wiggle.

      1. Do you have a car? If so, it sounds like you definitely want to be in Koreatown. If you like barbecue, Kim's is one of those rare places that grills on hardwood charcoal instead of gas, and it makes a subtle but not trivial difference.

        While up there, you should stop by the H-Mart, which I would guess is your best bet for those tentacles.