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Naeng Myun at Kunjip in Santa Clara --- where else?

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Naeng Myun at Kunjip in Santa Clara --- where else?

Melanie Wong | Jul 7, 2011 05:44 PM

A couple weeks ago, I was passing through Santa Clara and had a chance to check out soup and noodle specialist, Kunjip. Chow pal, Peter Yee, joined me. Arriving at 1pm, I signed us in and still had a wait of about 20 minutes. This place is popular! Having tried Kunjip, I’m wondering where else ‘hounds recommend for naeng myun.

With our orders, a trio of kimchis, all with a slight sweetness, started us off.
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Cucumber kimchi
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Napa cabbage kimchi
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Radish kimchi
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The menu suggests adding condiments to taste. Provided are very hot mustard, white vinegar, sea salt, chili paste, pepper, and green onions to add to soups and noodles. Here’s the condiment tray.
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For me, Bibim naeng myun, $9.95 - Buckwheat noodles with beef and chili seasoning. This included cold slices of dryish, lean beef, sesame seeds, juicy slices of Asian pear, slivers of radish and cucumber, and a boiled egg. The presentation of the actual dish was not as picture perfect as the menu photo. Not nearly as spicy as the red chili coloration would suggest, I enjoyed the cold bouncy noodles very much. Even after snipping them several times with the scissors provided, it was still quite a work out to chew through the contents of this bowl. The noodles seemed a bit thinner than I’ve had before.
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Peter had the Gori gom tang, $15.95 - Oxtail soup, cloudy from long boiling with red dates and other aromatics. The stock had an almost creamy consistency and the meat on the bone was silken and tender.
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Menus:
Cold noodles – note, free unlimited noodle refills
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Soups
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Special plates
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Kunjip
1066 Kiely Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95051

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