The Chronicle ran a useful article today on the strip of Korean restaurants in Houston. A separate list of dishes will also help people who are new to Korean food.
I consolidated the restaurants and comments on the food, from the article. (The ? question marks before each name should be bullets but they translated wrong on the web page).
Any comments/favorites on the Korean restaurants in town?
Houston Chronicle 3/03:
Long Point Road, particularly the stretch between Blalock and Gessner in the Spring Branch area.
? Asiana Garden, 1055 Gessner; 713-463-8881.
? Green Pine Tree, 10078 Long Point; 713-932-9870.
? Il Me Jung, 10017 Long Point; 713-827-8808. sesame-oil-doused sliced raw beef with shredded romaine lettuce and blanched vegetables., a Japanese dish.
To eat, you fold in steamed rice and add smooth miso-chile paste (less or more depending on how hot you like it); then, mix well
? Korean Garden Restaurant; 9501 Long Point; 713-468-2800. Among the oldest. Kimchi pah-jun (pancake/cabbage/pork). vegetarian bi bim bop
? Nam Gang Restaurant, 1411-A Gessner; 713-467-8801. Kalbi, beef short ribs sliced into boneless strips and marinated with soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic and sugar. In the evenings, Nam Gang is shrouded in smoke from table grills, which are ignited with hardwood coals rather than the gas found at most Korean restaurants around town. Following tradition, diners wrap their grilled beef in frilly romaine lettuce that they stuff with rice and slather with a pungent sienna-brown soybean paste.
? Koryo Dang Bakery, 10011-B Long Point; 713-461-3999.
? Kuk Si Deli (inside Memorial Market), 1049 Gessner; 713-984-2277. At the bare-bones deli inside Memorial Market, cook Ja Kung Chun ladles up another noodle classic, the soothingly mild anchovy-based kalkuksu. The long-simmering soup resembles delicate Chinese egg-drop soup but shimmers with fettuccine-like noodles that Chun rolls out and cuts by hand.
? Mandarin Cafe, 9486 Long Point; 713-461-1857. Neighboring China also plays a role in Korean cooking. Sun family serves sweet-and-sour pork alongside homemade Korean noodles, including the four-alarm chop suey noodle soup with seafood.
? Mount Fuji, 9861 Long Point; 713-984-8368. Like the Korean menus of Green Pine Tree and Asiana, sashimi, sushi and tempura are integrated.
? Nam Gang Restaurant, 1411-A Gessner; 713-467-8801.
Korean grocery stores
? Jinmi Supermarket, 9501-Y Long Point; 713-468-8027.
? Manna Grocery, 10001-G Long Point; 713-461-1248.
? Memorial Market, 1049 Gessner; 713-984-2277.
? Seoul Market, 1809 Gessner Drive; 713-722-0877