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Garden House - Korean in Lawrence, MA

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Garden House - Korean in Lawrence, MA

Applehome | Oct 25, 2003 10:38 PM

An outstanding and very reasonable evening at a place that was recommended by a Korean friend. Very small place - mostly Koreans (always a good sign when the ethnicity of thye customers matches the food). One Japanese speaking couple came in later.

The menu is 99% Korean - there are some Japanese items (yakisoba, udon, katsu).

The tea was served right away - a hoji-cha (or Korean equivalent) - had a roasted flavor, but very light and flavorful. It could have had some roasted barley (Japanese mugi) but I didn't think so - anyway, what you'd call a restaurant grade tea, but very delicious.

The menu has all the standards - Kalbi, Bulgogi, Jabchae, lots for me to try. Tonight, we had the steaming hot Kopdol Bibimbap (in a stone pot), and crispy La jo yook. Lots and lots of pickles, including kim-chee, of course. We had the kim-chee scallion pancake which was excellent.

The Bibimbop was exactly as I liked it - with the crispy rice at the bottom (Japanese koge), lots of different pickles to mix in and an egg cracked into the hot pot.

The La Jo Yook was full of whole chili peppers - crispy fried pork and beef pieces with a spicy, sticky sauce.

Entrees are $7 to $12 - although there is a monkfish dish on there for $21. I'll try that soon. There is something they call Korean Jambalaya (Chongol) which is cooked at your table - $28 for 2 people, includes lobster, shrimp, crab, monkfish, etc... I need to talk my wife into sharing that one.

Great food - I'm going back!

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