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Aug 16, 2013 06:35 AM

Monmouth County Korean

Is the anything half decent around here? I am definitely not a Korean connoisseur so any half decent BBQ would work for me. Yes, I realize most of the notable places are up north but I was just seeing if there are any locally to check out without making the hike.

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  1. There's Kimchi & Sushi in Lincroft. We've had a coupla decent Korean plates there. Try the squid in red pepper extra spicy - my wife loved it.

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    1. re: MGZ

      Z man, whats happening? Thanks for the tip. I could have sworn that this place shut down or is that the old Pho Le I am thinking of? Are you sure it's still open? I will give this place a try.

      To be honest I am not huge on squid. Fried I like it, but not fried it just reminds me of bait. I've been fishing my entire life so squid and I have a long relationship. The taste is not bad at all, just kind of a mental thing. lol

      1. re: corvette johnny

        I'm not sure if it's still open as I haven't been up there in a while. Hell, I don't think I've even been west of the Parkway in several months. Maybe somebody else knows (missybean?). Be sad if it closed.

        1. re: MGZ

          It's in my backyard too, you could ask me!

          I have never been there however I think there is a new operator in that location sometime in the past 12+- months. I think I remember seeing a grand opening etc sometime recently.

          When did mom drop me off at the orphanage MGZ?

          1. re: MGZ

            I've not been to Kimchi and Sushi and don't know if it is still open. A while back (like early spring) i was on Rt 9 either on the southern edge of Howell or the northern edge of Lakewood. There is a new farmers market on the southbound side. At that time they were building a Korean BBQ on the side but it was nowhere close to being done and I haven't been in that area in a while.

            I am planning an Edison run either Monday or Tuesday, depending upon the weather.


            1. re: missybean

              Sorry, Missy. I thought I remembered reading about you takin' Sprout there. Too much tequila I spose.

              Guess we gotta wait for jrv to get off his lazy ass and check for Johnny.

              By the way, has Mr. Bean been havin' a bad season with the rod and reel like most of my buddies?

              1. re: MGZ

                Always amazed at the amount of effort expended here when discussing the status of a restaurant. Is it open? Is it closed? did it move?

                Link to website included in first reply. Click on it.

                Phone number included in website. Call it.

                When someone answers and gives the name of the establishment and it matches the name that is being discussed, ask: "are you open?" Listen for answer. Viola! :-)

                (Oh, by the way... Kimchi & Sushi is open)

                1. re: equal_Mark

                  It was way before Noon. I called later during service hours.

                2. re: MGZ

                  Z man, any good soups or apps you recommend there? I was thinking of hitting the copper tonight but might check this place out if I can convince the wife.

                  1. re: corvette johnny

                    The soft tofu soup and the pork bone stew are the only Korean "starters" we've tried. I like the grilled eel from the Japanese app. menu:

                    Here's an older thread on the place:

                  2. re: MGZ

                    Nothing to be sorry about...

                    I asked Mr. Bean about fishing this year. To paraphrase his response "I haven't been out enough to know" with a few assorted expletives scattered about.

                    At this moment, he's sleeping so he can meet his buddies at 2:30 am to go out for tuna. I'm keeping my fingers crossed we'll be doing sashimi on the deck tomorrow.

                    1. re: missybean

                      Quick update on the fishing.

                      At 3 am Mr Bean and crew got word that the the tuna were no longer biting. So the guys went to bed and reconvened to go for fluke at 6. It was a good day and we had fluke sashimi instead of tuna for dinner.

                      Missy (who really is replying to herself)

                    2. re: MGZ

                      I called the number on the web site as =Mark so aptly pointed out, I didn't have your number to conference you into the phone call. So I did as instructed and got off my lazy ass drove there and took this picture as confirmation, my earlier post was incorrect, this place is still here!

                      Mission accomplished!

                      1. re: jrvedivici

                        I bet your couch was grateful for the break.

                        Thanks for checkin'!

                        1. re: MGZ

                          Drove past today and the parking lot was full so they must be good.

                          Oh wait- that was some other thread ;o)

                          But seriously did drive past on our way to Red Bank.

                          1. re: seal

                            Somehow I look on this as more of a Winter place. Enjoy the heat and steam wafting off the blazing hot ceramic bowls...

              2. re: MGZ

                Note: What they called squid seemed to be octopus when we have ordered it.

                1. re: eleeper

                  How was the texture? I've found that octopus served at Asian restaurants can be rather chewy.

                  1. re: equal_Mark

                    Koreans like their proteins chewy...if they're doing it right it should have a chew to it.

                    1. re: joonjoon

                      That explains why I've avoided octopus until I've had it prepared grilled in Greek or Italian establishments. I've had a really hard time convincing friends to try octopus after they had been exposed to the chewy innertube versions served in Asian restaurants.

                      The octopus served at Nikos and Porta have really great flavor (similar to king crab) but can be cut with a fork. The rubberized octopus served in Asian restaurants seems to offer serious texture but no flavor.

              3. There are no Korean BBQ places in Monmouth county that I know of. Kimchi Sushi is the only place where you can get any Korean food and it's pretty good.

                I would recommend the following:

                Soft Tofu soup (Ask for an egg and crack it into the bubbling pot)
                Hwe Dup Bap (Sashimi & Rice Salad)
                Any of the Bibimbaps
                Pork rib and squash special (not on menu, it should be on your table)

                Do not get any of the Korean meat platters (Galbi/Bulgogi). Not worth the $.

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                1. re: joonjoon

                  Thank you! I think I am heading there tonight. Last night the wife got out late so I tanked a pizza at brothers.

                  Its funny too because I was going to get the galbi.

                  Would this be the tofu soup?

                  hae_mul sun_du_bu: Spicy stew with soft tofu,seafood,vegetables, and egg,served very hot in an earthenware po

                  1. re: corvette johnny

                    They have two soft tofus there, a beef one and a seafood one. I prefer the beef.

                    Oh and if you're a Korean restaurant rookie, the appetizer things they bring out (banchan) are free and refills are free.

                    If you're in the mood for galci/bulgogi try one of their bulgogi stone bowls!

                    1. re: joonjoon

                      I really prefer these as cold weather/winter dishes. They come out sizzling and radiating heat. You can seriously warm yourself over them when the weather is chilly...

                      1. re: equal_Mark

                        Great winter eating.... No question about it.... But Sometimes u have to obey your jones... I agree though
                        About the restaurant have been there 4-5 times enjoy the Korean fare... Kids have the sushi

                2. So I took a trip there with the wife last night. It is a pretty decent spot. Again, I am not a seasoned Korean fan but I do like the food and occasionally get into it.

                  Anyway, I took JoonJoons advice and got the spareribs. My wife and I split the tofu and beef soup and she had the BBQ beef stone bowl. All around I was pretty impressed and I won't write some long rambling review.

                  Prices are reasonable and bill was only 36 dollars for 2 dinners and a soup. All 3 dishes are BLAZING hot which is pretty neat.

                  The spicy soup teamed with a few glasses of red wine, no air conditioning, and my Greek God like body literally had me sweating LOL

                  I definitely want to come back when it gets cooler and try some other dishes. I wish they had those charcoal pits/stoves here. Those are definitely interesting.