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Jan 23, 2013 06:31 PM

Korean Banchan/Panchan in Bergen county- GO!

I'm currently obsessed with Korean food, particularly restaurants that serve good banchan/panchan (the small dishes of kimchi/steamed veggies, etc, that come with your meal. Got any recommendations???

Thus far, I've tried:

Organic Tofu House- Ridgewood...Good tofu soup, but really lame banchan (good kimchee, however)

So Moon Nan Jip - Palisades Park. Ok banchan, but nothing to write home about (and stingy with the kimchi).

Poong Lim BBQ - Ft. lee. Terrific, plentiful, and great variety of banchan- acorn jelly!!, though atmosphere was wedding-like?

Lighthouse Restaurant: Fairview. Decent, but not great & it seems to have gone downhill since I last visited 3+ years ago.

I'd love to know your recommendations- this gal can't seem to get enough kimchee in her system

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  1. Banchan at restaurants always seem to rotate and it's hard to say which ones are going to be consistently good. It's also comes down a lot to personal preference...

    I might suggest checking out H Mart's prepared banchan section....they have a lot of good stuff there!

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    1. re: joonjoon

      +1. H Mart has a plentiful selection, on the weekends many products are offered to sample.

    2. Do you guys have any recommendations in central NJ? I am a Korean newbie but I have been to Kim Chi Hana once and really enjoyed it.

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      1. re: corvette johnny

        The other places to try in CNJ would be Keum Ho Jung and Chung Sol Bat in Edison. They're comparable, CSB is BYOB.

      2. I've been to HMart many times & have purchased, as well as some of the smaller Korean banchan places in and around Closter, but I'm looking for the restaurant that features the best & largest variety. For the money I spend on Banchan alone at these places, I could eat at a restaurant (like I said, I'm into variety)...