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Jang Tu in north Oakland

patrick | Aug 19, 2002 10:47 AM

holly and i visited this local favorite last night for the first time. they serve a wide variety of styles, and seem to specialize in seafood and coastal dishes, or at least that was our impression from the menu.

we had gal bi and jang mien. gal bi is barbecue style short ribs. jang mien is spicy chewy noodle with radish. also there were five dishes of panchaan and some kind of fish soup that came before the main courses.

the gal bi was very sweet and tender and yummy. the jang mien was cool and spicy, with a clean and slightly briny flavor. i liked the textures of the chewy noodle against the crunchy radish slices.

the panchaan were varied. I didn't like the daikon pickle so much; it was too old and gummy. There was an excellent seaweed/cucumber that holly liked a lot, and a celery/jalapeno/hearts-of-something that really turned my kimchi crank.

they are to be forgiven for their shortcomings, though, since my standards of kimchi have been raised by their neighbor to the south, Seoul Gom Tang II, who make the finest daikon kimchi i have ever tasted (as well as a beautiful fresh cucumber pickle).

overall a pleasant meal in a nice family owned establishment. we appreciated once again our fortune in living so close to so many good korean restaurants.

Jang Tu
3838 Telegraph
Oakland

Very close to Macarthur BART!

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