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East Bay ChowDinner Report - Kang Tong Degi

crimson | Sep 29, 2006 05:32 PM

Thank you everyone for showing up and having a great time through the chaos. A few fellow chowhounders met up at Kang Tong Degi, a non descript Korean bar/eatery known as a pojangmacha. Although we were supposed to get the larger table to fit 14 people, a party of 20 usurped the table, so we had to get very comfortable with one significantly smaller.

Overall the experience was great, although frenzied. The service was adequate but with 2 large parties and only 1 waiter, at times a little trying.

We started off with the regular dinner special of the Korean bacon, beef tenderloin, beef sirloin, and beef prime cut grilled. The highlight of the whole dinner I think was definitely the Korean bacon. It was best eaten still soft and not crispy unlike American bacon. You can either dip it into two sauces, a sesame seed oil and salt mixture or a spicy almost salsa like mixture, or you can wrap it in small flat noodles with kochujang (bean paste). The different beef cuts were indistinguishable to each other.

Here is a quick lowdown of the other dishes that was ordered.

Al Tang (Fish Egg Soup) - I didn't really have much of this though the broth seemed to be fairly tasty.

Duk Bokki (spicy rice cake) - This is a pojangmacha staple. Again, I didn't have much of this so someone else please lay in.

Nakji Bokkum (spicy fried octopus) - Didn't have any of this.

Tak Dong Chib (chicken gizzards) - slightly chewy but also crunchy at the same time. I didn't think it had much flavor but it wasn't bad either.

Chok Bal (Pork hocks) - Again, not my favorite. I don't have much of a comment for this.

Bundaegi (Spicy Chrysalis Soup) - Definitely the most interesting dish of the evening. It was the undeveloped butterfly larvae in a soup. Someone described it as eating very musty sleeping bag. It definitely is an acquired taste to like this dish.

On the drink side we had beer, regular soju, yogurt soju (delicious but dangerous), bek seju (oak wine), and Bokbunja (raspberry wine).

Again, the highlight was the atmosphere, the bacon, and the people. The lowlight was the Chrysalis soup and the logistics of serving 14 people in a table for 10.

Total price came out to $23 a person.

Here are some pics of the place.

Kang Tong Degi
3702 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA

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