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Naeng Myun at Kunjip in Santa Clara --- where else?

Melanie Wong Jul 7, 2011 05:44 PM

A couple weeks ago, I was passing through Santa Clara and had a chance to check out soup and noodle specialist, Kunjip. Chow pal, Peter Yee, joined me. Arriving at 1pm, I signed us in and still had a wait of about 20 minutes. This place is popular! Having tried Kunjip, I’m wondering where else ‘hounds recommend for naeng myun.

With our orders, a trio of kimchis, all with a slight sweetness, started us off.

Cucumber kimchi

Napa cabbage kimchi

Radish kimchi

The menu suggests adding condiments to taste. Provided are very hot mustard, white vinegar, sea salt, chili paste, pepper, and green onions to add to soups and noodles. Here’s the condiment tray.

For me, Bibim naeng myun, $9.95 - Buckwheat noodles with beef and chili seasoning. This included cold slices of dryish, lean beef, sesame seeds, juicy slices of Asian pear, slivers of radish and cucumber, and a boiled egg. The presentation of the actual dish was not as picture perfect as the menu photo. Not nearly as spicy as the red chili coloration would suggest, I enjoyed the cold bouncy noodles very much. Even after snipping them several times with the scissors provided, it was still quite a work out to chew through the contents of this bowl. The noodles seemed a bit thinner than I’ve had before.

Peter had the Gori gom tang, $15.95 - Oxtail soup, cloudy from long boiling with red dates and other aromatics. The stock had an almost creamy consistency and the meat on the bone was silken and tender.

Cold noodles – note, free unlimited noodle refills
Special plates

1066 Kiely Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95051

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    ssen Jul 8, 2011 11:14 AM

    Kunjip is my absolute favorite for naengmyeon but Seoul Gom Tang on El Camino is also good. I've tried their yolmu mul naengmyeon and really enjoyed it. I can't comment on their other dishes but have heard good things from Korean friends.

    Seoul Gom Tang
    3028 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95051

    1066 Kiely Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95051

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    1. re: ssen
      DezzerSF Jul 8, 2011 03:49 PM

      Another vote for Seoul Gom Tang. Their bibim naengmyeon was surprisingly good. The endless pot of kimchi at the tables don't hurt either.

      1. re: ssen
        Melanie Wong Jul 8, 2011 04:57 PM

        Thanks, it's been awhile since my last visit to Seoul Gom Tang in Santa Clara.

        Seoul Gom Tang
        3028 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95051

      2. drewskiSF Jul 8, 2011 04:07 PM

        i can't remember seeing that unlimited noodle refills anywhere else.

        edit: forgot my recos!! ;-)

        Jang Su Jang, SGD Tofu House & Myung Dong Tofu Cabin have pretty good neng myun. i've only had the mul neng myun at these spots.

        SGD Tofu House
        3450 El Camino Real # 105, Santa Clara, CA

        Myung Dong Tofu Cabin
        1484 Halford Ave, Santa Clara, CA 95051

        Jang Su Jang
        3561 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95051

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        1. re: drewskiSF
          Melanie Wong Jul 8, 2011 05:14 PM

          I thought those free noodle refills were worth calling attention to, would like to hear from anyone who has taken advantage of them. I noted on Jang Su Jang's menu that noodle refills cost $4.95.

          Do you have a preference among those spots? Once I was served dark green colored noodles but don't recall where.

          Jang Su Jang
          3561 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95051

          1. re: Melanie Wong
            drewskiSF Jul 19, 2011 05:32 PM

            I would say the order I listed, though I think Mul Neng Myun probably has less variability than the BiBim Neng Myun (famous last words).

            I've seen Green Neng Myun too, but can't remember where either.

        2. Melanie Wong Jun 4, 2013 09:15 AM

          As we move into the hot months, updates on naeng myun options in Santa Clara?

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