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Gigul Gigul Korean Restaurant (Oakland Chinatown)

daveena | Apr 30, 200806:26 PM

Very good first visit.

This is a small restaurant in the space that formerly housed Le El. The sign outside says "Gigul Gigul" in Korean, and "Korean Restaurant" in English. The focus seems to be mostly on soups and casseroles, with a handful of other Korean restaurant standards thrown in.

We had:
#3 Hae mul pa jeon - seafood pancake. This was eggier (and therefore thinner) than most of the pa jeon I've had - the scallions seemed more incorporated into the pancake, with the seafood mostly on top. The seafood was fresher and sweeter than at most Korean restaurants I've been to. I think maybe because of the egg-heavy batter, the pancake wasn't quite as crisp as my favorites.

#11 Hae mul dol sot bi bim bab - mixed seafood vegetables and rice. Again, very fresh, sweet seafood. I found the seasoned rice a little saltier than I like, but everyone around me loved it.

#23 Go dung uh gui - pan fried mackerel. Simple, well cooked, good quality fish.

#30 Kim chee jji gae (kimchee stew with pork) - nicely complex broth with very flavorful, tiny bits of pork.

There were 8 panchan at lunch - a radish kimchee, cabbage kimchee, tiny fried, salted fish, fish cake, seasoned broccoli, shreds of something in mayonnaise, and I'm missing one. Nothing unusual, but again, everything tasted really fresh... a lot of times, I feel like I'm getting day old panchan scooped out of a big bin.

Things on the menu that look interesting to me:
#24 Book uh gook - dried codfish, egg, green onion and tofu soup
#32 Al jji gae - boiled fish roe soup
#35 Got gae tang - crab stew with mixed vegetable in spicy sauce
#36 Min au mae un tang - boiled spicy croaker soup
#53 Dae ji gool bosam - steamed sliced pork and raw oyster with vegetables
#54 Jok bal - steamed spicy pork foot

I think this is the first time I've seen sol long tang (beef soup with clear yam noodles) on a menu that doesn't actually have "Tang" in the restaurant name. Although, I'm told that "gigul gigul" is the sound of soup when it boils, so maybe that counts.

Gigul Gigul
340 14th St, Oakland, CA 94612

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