I forget who it was, but someone on this board recommended Jong Ga House (372 Grand Ave. Oakland) for their Kim Chee Jun (Kim Chee pancake appetizer). Always on the hunt for good Korean food near work I went over there with some of my co-workers for lunch last month. No one in my group, myself included, was particularly impressed with that dish, but everything else we had was fantastic.
I used to enjoy the Kim Chee Jige (the spelling seems to change from restaurant to restaurant) at the no name Korean place that used to be at the corner of 13th and Harrison. Since they closed about 4 years ago I hadn't found anyplace in Oakland that could rival their version.
Well the search is over. I've had the Jjige at Jong Ga House twice in the last month and both times it blew me away. Kim Chee Jjige is a spicy stew with beef and tofu and kimchee (that according to last week's chronicle food section is fermented for a longer amount of time than usual). The flavors are intense and complex. And addictive.
Being a bit of a kimchee nut, on another visit I tried the Kim Chee Bok Um Bap (Kim Chee fried rice) which was OK but, like the Kim Chee Jun, lacked the spicy punch I crave.
Also an excellent variety of panchan that differs with each visit.