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Jajangmyun at Szechuan Garden (Oakland)

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Jajangmyun at Szechuan Garden (Oakland)

PorkButt | Mar 16, 2009 10:03 PM

This is an odd spot. It's on the Pleasant Valley end of Piedmont Ave in Oakland and from all indications from the outside, it's just another Americanized Chinese restaurant.

I've been looking for to-go finds in the area and discovered that the owners are Korean-Chinese and have a separate menu. I stopped by today and asked if they serve Korean jajangmyun, a noodle dish served that has been the topic of several threads on this board. An older woman who runs the restaurant confirmed the obvious and said it would take fifteen minutes.

While I was waiting, I found a two page menu written in Hangul without translation.

After I got my takeaway, she said what I think was goodbye to me in Korean (though I'm not). The noodles were in one container with some zucchini and raw cucumber and the sauce was in a separate container. There was more sauce than needed and I saved some for another meal.

While I've had jajangmyun a few times, I have little experience with Korean-Chinese food. It was similar to the other versions I've had but included seafood in the form of small lengths of squid tentacles and a few fried, but not battered, shrimp. Overall, the sauce had more oil than I expected, but the literal translation of the dish is fried sauce noodles. What I'm wondering now is how this ranks in the world of jajangmyun

I'm intriuged by the Korean menu and would return to explore it. The lady who helped me spoke English well and I believe she could adequately translate the menu if asked. It's in the Chow Places listing, but the only mention about it is about war won ton!?

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Szechuan Garden
4290 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

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